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Endgame: Rook vs Knight
Compiled by waddayaplay

Most positions are a draw in this endgame. There are two exceptions: when the knight is separated from his king, and when the defending king is at the edge of the board and subject to mating threats. In these cases, the stronger side can with particular play capture the knight.

A position from this endgame is first found in an arabic manuscript from 1257, in this position, where black moves, white wins.

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It was also analyzed by several others: Horwits & Kling in 1851 made some analysis.

Steinitz wins, but with modern drawing rules would not
G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 124 moves, 0-1

One it is a draw, it is difficult to progress
Pillsbury vs H Suechting, 1902 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 139 moves, 1/2-1/2

King at the edge of the board
Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 77 moves, 1-0

Only careful play wins
R C Balinas vs Benjamin, 1978 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 130 moves, 1-0

Knight separated from his king
S Agdestein vs Movsesian, 1999 
(E61) King's Indian, 70 moves, 1-0

Knight separated from his king
Hodgson vs B Lalic, 1999 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 70 moves, 1-0

Black makes a mistake and loses
E Mensch vs B Marchyllie, 2001 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 64 moves, 1-0

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