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Q: Chess - Knight Strategy ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Chess - Knight Strategy
Category: Sports and Recreation > Games
Asked by: jphighfill-ga
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Posted: 05 Mar 2005 00:39 PST
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Question ID: 485044
Can any chess expert recommend one or more good books on chess
strategy using knights?  I play chess against someone who is very good
with his knights, although weak in other areas.  I am looking for a
good book that specializes in knight strategy.  Something on the
Internet would also helpful.
Subject: Re: Chess - Knight Strategy
Answered By: techtor-ga on 06 Mar 2005 22:11 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello jphighfill,
I have not found any printed book dedicated to the knight, as it seems
a book on just one piece of the chess game (except maybe king or
queen) may not exist. But there are a few web pages I've seen about
using the knight in chess. Perhaps these web pages will help a lot, so
I post a list of them as an answer here.

Mark Lowery's Exciting World of Chess: The Knight - Tutorial (Section I)
- Click on link below for "Section II" and other following sections
The four sections are:
I. Basic Moving and Capturing - General Rules.
II. Basic Principles and Concepts.
III. Knights v. Bishops and Combinations.
IV. Knights Forks and Fork Check.

Chesmayne - History of Chess: The Knight
- Here is another treatise on Knight moves. It may be difficult to
understand with its use of chess notation.

Art of Chess:  Tactical Chess Terms - Fork
- A strategy where knights are often used, a FORK, is explained.

The Chess Page (by an amateur player, I assume)
- Here's where some strategy can be used. Even the FORK is explained again.  

Chess Moves for Chess Improvement:A Knight on the rim is dim:
- Here is one simple explanation on the weakness of Knights: they are
much weaker when positioned near the edge of the board.

Chess Strategies Page
- A page with basic chess tips that may give clues on proper knight strategy.

I hope you have gleaned something from the information I gave you above. 

Here is a list of Chess books you may consult:
Chess books & Chess Videos

In addition, here's a piece-specific book: Books: Bishop Versus Knight (American Batsford Chess Library)
- Might be the only book focusing on certiain chess pieces, though
it's still not just about the knight.

Google Search terms used:
chess knight method
chess knight tactic
chess knight use
chess knight strategy
chess knight strategies

I hope this has been a helpful answer. If you need something
clarified, or have a problem with the answer, do please post a Request
for Clarification before rating and I'll come back to you as soon as I
can. Thank you.
jphighfill-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Thanks.  All of this was very helpful.  I hope the tip is not too
meager.  I am tight right now.

Subject: Re: Chess - Knight Strategy
From: synapse666b-ga on 05 Mar 2005 07:09 PST
I am not a researcher and this is not an attempt to be a complete
answer.  I play at this great free site.  They have forums, etc, in
addition to online ('in your own time') games.
   I'm often open to playing and use synapse666b as my handle.  They
have game private messaging  - if you'd like to try a game I'm
available.   Best of luck to you.
Subject: Re: Chess - Knight Strategy
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 07 Mar 2005 05:59 PST
Just a quick bit of chess strategy that all intermediate - advanced
players should know (from an almost Virginia high school state
champion back in the day)...

At the start of the game, the weakest point on your (and your
opponents) side is the pawn in front of your bishop(s) (especially the
kingside bishop).  That pawn is guarded only by the king itself, and
is only 1 diagonal spot away from the king.  This spot also happens to
be the easiest spot to attack:

As far as your knights go, notice that if you move your kingside
knight towards the middle of the board (g1-f3) then move him again
towards your opponent (f3-g5) then he can strike that weak pawn.  Of
course taking a pawn and losing a knight is no good, so he will need
backup.  There are 2 other pieces that easily strike this pawn, the
kingside bishop:
Move the kings pawn forward 2 spaces (e2-e4) (which happens to be the
most popular starting move).  That allows you to move your bishop out
(f1-c4) where it can strike the weak pawn.
and the Queen:
Once your kings pawn is out of the way (note above for getting the
bishop out), your queen is also free to move out.  Move her (d1-f3) or
(d1-h5) and she can then strike the weak pawn.

Notice that taking the pawn with the Queen (and sometimes the bishop)
is often check-mate.  It is of course blockable, but if you focus your
attack on that pawn then it will have your opponent on the defense for
quite some time.  Also notice that when check-mate is not possible,
simply moving your knight to that spot (f7) whether or not the
opponents pawn is still there will create a "fork" attacking both your
opponents rook and queen.  Taking either of those pieces at the
expense of your knight is a great trade.

I hope that's helpful.  Also a quick note that I won't go into detail
on...  after your opponent castles kingside (much more common that
queenside), the focus of your attack will likely change from f7 to h7.
 Best of luck in your chess conquering ways.
Subject: Re: Chess - Knight Strategy
From: techtor-ga on 08 Mar 2005 04:16 PST
No problem with the tip! I'm thankful for it and the rating! I'm glad
I have helped you in your chess question.

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