Rook and Bishop versus Rook and Knight endings


One of the first things I learned about endings was that a rook and a bishop are stronger than a bishop and a knight, if the position is open and there are pawns on both wings. Like many other players of my generation, I lived under the strong impression of the fourth game of the 1971 Fischer-Taimanov Candidates' match, a true technical gem of the future World Champion, as well as under his well known addiction to bishops in general. However, I did not quite understand why apparently similar endings of this kind are sometimes winning for the side with a bishop and sometimes only slightly better or just drawn.


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