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wuzzer 6 ( +1 | -1 )
knights mate? two knights and a king vs. a king, is this mate? and if so, how to do so? thxs
brunetti 34 ( +1 | -1 )
No as long as the bare king's side doesn't voluntary allow it by going in the corner at the decisive time. There's ALWAYS an escape.

If the inferior part has also a pawn, then there're mating possibilities, though very difficult to achieve.

With 3 or more Knights vs. King the mate is forced and easy.

Alex
zdrak 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Which reminds me ... Which reminds me of an old joke:

Two Knights & King vs. a King are a draw.
Two Knights & King vs. Queen & King are also a draw.

Therefor, we have proven that the Queen is useless.
lebonhomme 2 ( +1 | -1 )
YES! Of course is it possible!
derolleole 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Actual, it is possible... ... but only, how Brunetti has already said, if the inferior part "helps" the two knights.

But because of this, I have a question: What would you do in such a position, having two knights against the bare king ?
Would you try to play longer, waiting for the fault of your opponent ?
Or would you accept a draw offer by him, thinking that he won't let you put him in mate ever ?

Comfortably dumb, Ole
gutschi 17 ( +1 | -1 )
I had this... in a tournament just a few weeks ago. I tried to explain my opponent that it is a draw but he doesn't believe and we played on. 28 desperate moves later he accepted my draw offer. :)
brunetti 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Usually just before entering the KNN-K ending there's a draw offer by one of the two players, readily accepted by the other one. There's no point in playing on: if the player in inferiority is so weak to get mated, than he should have lost much earlier :)

Alex
gutschi 18 ( +1 | -1 )
right... alex, but this was a strange guy and we played a strange game in generell and althrough he has about 1800 ELO rating he didn't believe that it was draw. Things happen. Unbelieveable!
brunetti 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Just an example In the position: w Kg4,Nc5,Ne4,Pb7,Pf2 b Kh7,Bc6,Be5 where I was White vs. master Verrascina, in mutual time trouble I made the horrible blunder 1.f4. He replied ...Bxf4 and we agreed a draw, since in a few moves the subject's endgame will arise.

Alex
brunetti 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Gutschi may you post the whole game? I'd like to see it, to try to understand why he acted like that :)

Alex
gutschi 22 ( +1 | -1 )
alex I would post it, but I can't find it, it doesn't matter, it was a won game for me, quality off, better postion, dangerous attak, but I played too inconsequent (which is perhaps my biggest fault) and so it went that way and he had to be glad to achieve the draw.
derolleole 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Of course, ... there's no need to play such a position further for any side.

But it's interesting, that you can really bother your opponent by playing it longer and longer.

I was on a "road-game" in a league-match, and it appeared, that my higher rated opponent went into that ending, and refused for nearly two hours to accept the draw.

And I'm sure, that he wouldn't have refused, if he wouldn't have been in his own town, only having a way home about ten minutes. :)

Sometimes you're really helpless in such moments, but handling those situations correctly, by calmly playing on, is also a good effect of chess, as it is strenghten your manners and your character in general.

Comfortably dumb, Ole