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Victor Markovich Mikhalevski vs Vladimir Onischuk
Hasselbacken Open (2016), Stockholm SWE, rd 8, May-07
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E95)  ·  1-0


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  norami: One of the wildest endgames I've ever seen with no less than five pawns promoting to queen.
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  FSR: The knights should not defend each other in Q v. NN! See C Henriquez Villagra vs E Torre, 2014 for an example of correct defensive technique.
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  louispaulsen88888888: "The best defensive arrangement is to have the two knights on laterally adjacent squares,with the king actively posted between them and the enemy King. This virtually guarantees a draw against any arrangement of White's pieces"-Nunn , Secrets of Pawnless Endings ". And yes, the Torre game mentioned by FSR is a good example.
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  FSR: I have a correspondence game where I've achieved this setup:

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It's a fortress. After the queen moves to safety, ...Nd5-f6-d5-f6 etc. is the simplest drawing technique. Note that whenever the White king gets to e7 or e8 (the only possible penetration squares) it will be instantly checked away with ...Nd5+ or ...Nf6+.

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  FSR: As Drew Giovanis once pointed out, queen versus two knights is a funny ending in that it should be a draw with the queen on the board (Q v. NN, a draw with correct play) or without it (NN v. lone king, a dead draw unless the guy with the lone king helpmates himself). So a difference of a whole queen does not change the theoretically correct result.
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  kevin86: funny how two knights can usually draw vs a queen but are unable to beat a bear king.
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  Bubo bubo: <kevin86: funny how two knights can usually draw vs a queen but are unable to beat a bear king.>

Indeed! Among the three teams of two minor pieces, the knights are the worst at mating the lone king, but the best at defending against the queen.

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  louispaulsen88888888: Or even a bare king.
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