Chess Lessons by Lee Duigon: Lesson Seven

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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.


Lee Duigon (Dec. 1st, 2018)

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Chess Lessons by Lee Duigon: Lesson Six

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Lesson 6

Time for a chess lesson! Introducing the Knight.

Your army starts out with two Knights on the b1 and g1 squares (if you’re White: b8 and g8 if Black).

The Knights are the special forces of your chess army. They excel in producing the unexpected. You can’t win a war with a couple of Navy SEAL companies, but they can set up situations in which your more powerful units can strike a decisive blow.
This is mostly because the Knight has sort of a weird L-shaped move–and can leap over pieces that are in the way, regardless of color. Let me see if I can succeed in posting this diagram.

Aah, didn’t work. So take out your chessboard and put a Knight on square e5.

From there he can move to any one of the following squares: d3, f3,g4,g6, f7,d7,c6, or c4. Even if he were surrounded by adjacent chessmen, he could still move to any one of those squares–by leaping over them.

A lot of beginners find it hard to learn the Knight’s move. I learned it as an L-shaped move, so that’s how I’ll teach it.

The Knight is the only back-row piece that can make your first move, by leaping over the front rank of Pawns.

The Knight’s shortcoming is his short range. He is the only piece that can’t go from one end of the board to the other in one move.

Again, the cool thing about Knights is that they can surprise an opponent. Many beginners’ games are won or lost by failure to anticipate a crucial move by a Knight.

We’ll get into more of the details in the next lesson.

Lee Duigon (Nov. 22nd, 2018)

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