3 Important Principles to Win Knight Endgames

Today we’re going to discuss about some of the most important rules and principles regarding the knight endgames. The knight endgames are no different from other endgames – of course, there are specific differences that make them much more critical, but it’s all about activity.

Let me show you an example:

Black is having a very strong knight on c3 and a very good, centralized king. And now it’s time for him to find out a way on how to use these pieces to enhance his position. Please take a few minutes, think seriously, and try to find out the winning plan for Black.

After that, you can watch the very instructive video lesson by our guest coach IM Valeri Lilov (who is also the author of our course “Converting Your Advantage into a Full Point”) below:


Conclusions – Knight Endgames

1) Make sure that your knight finds

a. More active/advanced position, and
b. More effective place from where it can attack/affect the play

2) Never forget the value of the king. Centralizing it often brings it more power than the rook itself!

3) Pawn advances and exchanges are critical, as they can often lead to weaknesses or help make passed pawns. Always be very careful with the pawn moves.

You can download the PGN of the games analyzed in the video below:

P.S. Did you like this video lesson? Which was your favorite example from this video? 🙂
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  • thecritic

    thanks for the video, however I can’t dowload the pgn. any suggestion how I can? Thanks!

    • RCA_moderator

      I have contacted our technical team to fix this issue. We will fix it as soon as possible.
      I have also sent you the PGN as an attachment to your e-mail id.

      Prasaadh | Support

  • male Gupta

    dear sir im andrey ostroviesky and international master form ukraine russia had already prapared 2 dvds full on this complte course on the website the chessworld.com minor piece ending volume 1 and 2 this is very outstanding material for advanced player

  • Soumyajit Das

    cannot download games (pgn format) using the save button. Please help me solving this issue.

    • RCA_moderator

      I have contacted our technical team to fix this issue. We will fix it as soon as possible.
      I have also sent you the PGN as an attachment to your e-mail id

      Prasaadh | Support

      • Soumyajit Das

        Thank you for your HELP !!

      • thecritic

        thanks much — appreciate the quick response!

  • Vadim Kasabyan

    I have the same problem – cant download pgn! Can anybody from RCA send me the file? My e-mail [email protected]

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Vadim,
      Thanks for your interest.
      I have sent the PGN file to your e-mail.

      Prasaadh | Support

  • Lovro Glavina

    Hi! You posted link to free mini course on your YouTube page but error is occurring for me. Can you please send me the link? Thanks in advance!

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Lovro,
      Thanks for your interest.
      Here is the link to the mini course.


      Prasaadh | Support

  • Ding

    Hello Igor , I have two questions from positional Understanding Course. Ques1). How will you describe pawn islands and how it is different from isolated pawns?
    Ques2). Is there any simple way to know whether our connected Advanced pawns are Protected or not ? How can we say that our Pieces are providing enough support to our Advanced Pawns ?

    • Hi Ding,

      1. ‘Isolated pawns’ usually refers to a group of 1-2 pawns, while ‘pawn islands’ can contain any quantity of pawns.

      2. Here you need to compare activity of your pieces with that of your opponent. There’s no specific formula, but you may think of the questions like:
      – whose pieces control greater quantity of squares?
      – how many rows are occupied by your/opponent’s pieces?

  • Ivan Flores

    Dear Igor, I have a doubt, in your curse “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” when you refert to attack, what do you mean?, I guess you are refer to Initiative or there are differences betwenn attack and initiative?. Thank

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Ivan,

      Thanks for your question.

      “Attack” refers to you moving your pieces or pawns to attack weak opponent squares or pieces which will force your opponent play defensively. If they play defensively often they put their pieces in ineffective squares.

      Prasaadh | Support

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