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Old November 4th 08, 05:14 PM posted to rec.games.chess.analysis
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Default HERE'S AN INTERSTING POINT ON KNIGHTS, ROOKS AND THE QUEEN

I wrote a post a while back on a draw between a queen and a rook.
Obviously in theory its not a draw. Its a clear win for the queen. But
unless one knows how to accurately play, the rook and king could just
wangle out a draw PROVIDED the player with the queen makes a mistake.
It could be an obvious mistake which may result in the rook taking out
the queen and the king than taking out the rook leaving only the kings
on board, or it could be a mistake whereby the player with the queen
comes so close with the king and queen as to result in a stalemate.
But if the player with the queen is smart and careful than it is
always a win. No matter what the rook player does he or she will lose.
Theoritically its a win but in practice its not so easy.

Now, if the two knights with the king is a THEORITICAL draw vs the
queen with the king while the rook and king vs the queen and king is a
THEORITICAL WIN for the queen, the assumption here would be that its
better to have two knights vs just a rook. HOWEVER, if we take an end
game with just two kings and one side only having a rook and take an
end game with just the two kings and one side having only 2 knights.
Even a child would take the end game with the rook and king because
winning is a certainty. (Unless the person blunders). Winning with two
knights is a virtual impossibility. Unless the other player stupidly
corners himself or herself in such a ridiculous position and even then
the player with two knights has to be careful to avoid a stalemate. In
practicality a win is most unlikely. However, with a rook and king
even a child can win the game.

STILL when it comes to an end game with the queen and one has to
defend oneself, having two knights together with the king is a better
defence vs having the rook with the king. Now I find this extremely
interesting.
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