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All right chess lovers, this one’s for you because I know that you just love to ask questions. Do you know every single piece’s moves and the rules that pertain to those moves?
Do you know if there are limitations to what pieces can and cannot do?
Well there are, just like we have limits; the chess pieces that we play with have limits as to what they are allowed to do. Right now we are talking about the knight piece in particular.
If you don’t know which one that is; it’s the one that looks like a horse. Makes sense, right; knight, horse, anyways; is the knight allowed to jump over pieces?
The knight is the only piece in the game of chess that can “jump over” other pieces, regardless of whether those pieces are black or white. Due to its L-shaped movement, a knight beginning on a white square will always end up on a black square, and vice versa.
The knight can move any direction two spaces horizontally or vertically then one space horizontally or vertically (opposite of what they did first). In this process, any piece that is “in the way” will be “jumped over” by the knight, unless a piece is unfortunately in the space that the knight is landing on; in that case, the piece is just captured and removed from the board.
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5 Tactics for Using Your Knight In Chess
Not quite the chess expert that you would like to be quite yet? Are you looking to up your game to the next level?
Or, are you one of those that has done anything and everything that you can to get better, but nothing seems to work?
Well, here are a few tips that will help you with your knight that may possibly give you the edge that you need for your next opponent.
1. Occupy the center of the board
You have the bishop and the rooks that can make just one quick sweeping move across the board just plain and simple, but the knight is stuck with one short move that doesn’t give it a whole lot to work with.
Due to this fact, it would be best to keep your knights in the center of the board.
This will make them the most effective and it maximizes the number of moves that a knight can make. When a knight is near the edge, or in the corner, it can only make 2-4 moves; whereas, a knight well placed in the center can make up to 8 strategic moves.
2. Look for outposts
While knights are most effective in the middle of the board, this can also make them the most vulnerable. Make sure that you are always on the lookout for pieces that can attack your knight.
The powerful center squares that are not immediately threatened by enemy pieces are known as “outposts.” A hole in your opponent’s pawn structure often can provide a great knight’s outpost.
3. Move you knights early
A knight is the only piece that can be moved before the pawns in the game of chess; their ability to jump over other pieces allows them to do this.
Moving your knight early can help you establish early control of the center of the board.
The knight is usually moved before the queen or the rook and the early movement can allow you to castle (a move that we will discuss later on) earlier than usual.
4. Beware the traps
The knight has a limit to how many spaces it can move in one turn, this leaves them vulnerable to traps. If the knight is on a light square, the next move must be to a dark square.
This “trap” could be a dark-squared bishop lurking around to take that knight after its move.
5. Take advantage of forks
The unique movement of the knight gives them the equipment to execute a fork, which will occur when your piece attacks two opponent’s pieces at the same time.
Knights seem like the weakest of all the chess pieces, but in the right hands, it can do some major damage to your opponent’s board.
Utilize them to the best of their ability and keep in mind just how good that piece actually is. Follow these tips and your chess game will just reach the next level in the tower of skill.
What Is Castling In Chess?
Do you want to know a secret (or not so secret move) that you can make in chess? It’s something that Many people have never heard of and it’s actually kind of strange when you think about it.
This move can come in handy when you are in a pinch, but like everything in life, it has its limits.
This move is called castling.
Castling is the only time in chess that two pieces can move at once, and the only time a piece other than the knight can move over another piece. The king moves two spaces to the left or to the right, and the rook moves over and in front of the king, all in a single move.
This would come in handy if it looks like the opponent has you in check mate or if they were closing in soon.
A few things about it though are: it is only possible if neither the king nor the rook has been moved yet.
There must not be any pieces between the king and the rook.
The king may not be in check.
And lastly, the square the king goes to and any intervening squares may not be under attack.
I hope that this helps you to up your chess game. The main thing that I hope you got from this, is the fact that the knight can jump over other pieces, and the few tips to help you with using the knight to the best of its ability.