Lesson Seven: More about Knights…
Now that you’ve mastered the L-shaped move, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Knights are your special forces, and the best place for them is near the center of the board on the fourth or fifth rank, defended by Pawns if possible. Old chess saying: “A Knight on the rim (of the board) is dim.” If an enemy Knight is posted on your third or fourth rank, it means trouble for you. Chase it away or capture it.
Among the most devastating chess tactics is the Knight fork: your one Knight simultaneously attacks two or more high-value enemy targets. Imagine your opponent has his two Rooks on squares B8 and E7, and you have a Knight on D4. If you move the Knight to C6, you simultaneously attack both Rooks; only one can escape, and you capture the other. Even if the Knight is then lost, you have come out ahead: a Rook is worth 5, a Knight worth 3.
Knight forks that include a check on the opposing King are especially deadly.
The Knight’s one drawback is its short range, so remember: the middle of the board is where you want to be.
Thank you, Mr. Duigon, for the chess lesson!
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