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Grigory Levenfish vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Levenfish (1937), Leningrad RUS, rd 7, Oct-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  0-1

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Aug-07-09  Knight13: A very superb use of knights, seriously.

25. Bc2 followed by f4 and White should be fine. 25. Qh5? accomplishes absolutely nothing and wastes tempo, in which Botvinnik took advantage and killed off the fish.

Jun-06-15  ToTheDeath: This belongs in a "two knights advantage" game collection.
Jun-06-15  visayanbraindoctor: <TTD: two knights advantage>

Thanks for pointing out this game. I believe it superbly demonstrates the advantage of Queen and Knight vs Queen and Bishop in endgames. Traditionally, the Bishop has been considered slightly superior to the Knight, until Capablanca pointed out in Chess Fundamentals that a <Queen and Knight> is stronger than Q and B. In this case, the advantage was magnified with Botvinnik having two Knights.

Recently I commented on Gelfand vs Carlsen, 2013 at Carlsen's fine comprehension of this principle. I think he purposefully simplified into a Q + N vs Q + B endgame, knowing he had the advantage. Most kibitzers were not aware of this chess fundamental.

As Botvinnik demonstrates, IMO a Queen plus two Knights advantage constitutes an objectively winning game, and could be treated as a decisive material advantage, such as being up by more than a pawn or being up an exchange, with other things being equal.

This is a practical kind of knowledge. Many players, automatically adhering to the <Bishop is superior to Knight> fall into the trap of allowing an endgame where their Q + B is against a Q + N. IMO it's almost like giving up a pawn for nothing.

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