This article contains an element of humor, since encountering such a situation in an actual game is highly unlikely. Nevertheless, it remains beneficial to develop proficiency with knights, as their unique abilities can prove advantageous in various tactical scenarios.
We have already seen that the queen is clearly stronger than the rook. But often a single pawn is enough to force a draw against the queen together with the rook. However, it is necessary to prevent the king of the attacking side from getting close to the defensive formation. Let’s look at both basic situations.
Why do I mention it here? Note the pawn structure – White dominates the king side (four pawns against three), while the black pawns on the queen side are fully blocked by the white ones, thanks to the doubled pawns on the d-file. Let’s have a look at the possible outcome that could appear at the endgame.
We know that in open positions, a bishop is stronger than a knight. This rule is also reflected in the endgame, where one player has a bishop and a pawn, while the opponent defends with a knight and a pawn. The bishop can not only stop the opponent’s pawn, but also control the space around his own pawn, while the knight is forced, due to his short range, to limit himself to only one task.
Ironically, even though a king accompanied by two knights cannot compel a checkmate against a single king, there are scenarios where this combination can successfully force checkmate against a king and other pieces. The additional material of the defending player allows for moves that obstruct the defending king from being stalemated.
The Prokeš maneuver is a technique that allows a rook to achieve a draw against two pawns that have advanced significantly in an endgame. This tactic was first demonstrated by Ladislav Prokeš, a Czech chess expert born on June 7, 1884, and who passed away on January 9, 1966, in a 1939 endgame study that he composed.