“A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.” Philip Sidney
The knight as a tactical piece
The knight with its weird movement and mysterious routes, is one of the most dangerous pieces of the chess board; its unexpected attacks cause a lot of destruction. When it gets close to the enemy king it’s a fearful attacker. None of us, chess players, is indifferent to its double, triple or multiple threats.
The following game was decided by a couple of well conducted raids by white's knights.
Besides its tactical abilities the knight fulfils important positional duties. Placed on the centre of the board it displays all its force and usually becomes a dominant factor in the assessment of the position. Placed in front of an enemy central pawn the knight stops its further advance, becoming a fantastic blockader.
In the following game the knight performs a dominant role. The opponent's bishop was left as a witness of the destruction of white’s position.
In my next article I'll go deeper in the fascinating battle between knights and bishops .