Pawnless Chess Endgames 

When checkmate is possible?


QUEEN and KING vs KING

Here winnning is very easy:  White forces the Black King to stay on the board side and then delivers check mate. He has only to pay attention in order to avoid stalemate! Here it is an example

 

ROOK and KING vs KING

White is always able to force Check Mate.  It's advisable to be well acquainted with the necessary combined action of White's Rook and KIng.

 

2 BISHOPS and KING vs KING

White can always force Check Mate.  Again it's advisable to be well acquainted with the combined action of White's two Bishops and KIng to force Black King in a corner and then checkmate it.

 

2 KNIGHTS and KING vs KING

White can't force Check Mate because it's impossible to force Black King in a corner, the only square where he can be checkmated.

 

BISHOP, KNIGHT and KING vs KING

White can always force Check Mate if he knows how to do.  However that it's not easy and the right manouvering has to be learned and remembered.