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On top of all that, the Knight is firmly blocking black's isolated d-pawn and, if it so chooses, can step back and take part in a direct assault against d5 via Ne2, Rd4, Qd2, and Nf4 with enormous pressure against black's position. Diagram 28 Knight on the 5th rank White's dynamic Knight is running rings around black's defensive steed. The e5-Knight is on a permanent support point and is eyeing c6, d7, t7 and g6-all spots deep in enemy territory. Note that black's Knight can't make a home on d5 since c3-c4 would chase it away.

Vhite would love to eventually post a Knight on f5 while Black wouldn't mind smashing a Knight onto f4. \Vhile \Vhite has no problem reaching f5 (from e3 or g3), Black can't get to f4 since both e6 and g6 (the black Knight's jump-off points) are poison. Of course, \Vhite doesn't have to be in a rush to play Ng3-f5 since that would allow Black to swap it off. Due to this, \Vhite will only go there when he can stay-for example, in many endgames where various pieces have been traded, a Knight 1. landing safely on f5 might RULE win one of the pawns on d6 A hole isn't a problem if the enemy pieces can't reach it.

You'd consider him a "really good player," wouldn't you? V. Anand - V. fxeS dxeS Diagram 21 White to move This was the final game of the event, and would determine who would earn the title of World Blitz Champion. In other words, they had to play quickly but it was serious business! Anand had outplayed his opponent and now had a forced win. NdB?? The god of Knights wasn't kind to Anand in this game. h7+ Kg7 (29 ... Nde6+! ) 30 ... Nxc7. This would have been rather nice, but having overlooked the possibility and PART TWO / MINOR PIECES granting Black a reprieve, the lone enemy Knight suddenly takes matters into its own hands/hoofs.

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