21339 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Can you ?
2 knights, 1 king pin a king?
if you mean forced mate the king with two knights? No, you can't. It is called the great injustice of chess. :) having 6 more points of material against your opponent and not being able to mate is very sad. :)
Knights can't "pin" anything, and while pieces can be "pinned to" the King, the King cannot be pinned at all, of course..
Two Knights alone cannot force mate against a lone King, although the King can blunder into being mated. The forcing sequence requires stalemating the King for one move, which is a draw. So the only way the two Knights can force mate is if the King has a single pawn to move when he cannot.
The great endgame composer A.A. Troitzky did an entire treatise on the subject, exploring which pawns would work and how far advanced they could be and still allow the Knights time to win before they promote and start checking the other King. As it turned out, his work was so accurate there were no corrections needed when computer "tablebases" figured out the possibilities.
The treatise was published as an appendix to some editions of his 360 Brilliant and Instructive Endings, which is highly recommended with or without the appendix.
How many years took you from 1900 to 2150?
by DavidIreland3141 a few minutes ago
Queen + Rook vs. Queen endgame
by DavidIreland3141 4 minutes ago
1940 Soviet Set--A Photo Review
by UpcountryRain 6 minutes ago
What's better, the Queen's Gambit or the King's Gambit?
by DJsStudio 8 minutes ago
11/27/2015 - Holes and Fillings
by DarkCrafter101 14 minutes ago
How can i think fast and be very focused in chess bullet or blitz?
by kkl10 14 minutes ago
by Zazenkai 14 minutes ago
Wooden Chess Set for Tournaments
by PossibleOatmeal 16 minutes ago
by bavort 25 minutes ago
Chess for Oldtimers --- Good Idea !
by badenwurtca 26 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!