Mar 15, 2017, 1:42 PM |

The Knight. The piece that everyone that doesn't play chess thinks it's called horse. The most romantic of all pieces. The piece that gives chess aesthetics.

When I started teaching chess I would always ask my students what their favorite piece was, and unsurprisingly, most of them said the knight. And they have a point, it's the only piece that moves in an unusual fasion and it's the only piece that can jump over pieces,

So... what can the Knight do in action? A lot of damage may be an understatement. Most of you have seen the game between Kasparov and Karpov with the Octopus Knight, so I'll save my energy annotating and analyzing it, and I'll just post the game plain for those of you who haven't seen it.

True. That's only one example. A very famous one, but only one example. So what else can the Knight do? Well, I saw this game quite a long time ago, and it was a beauty.

As we just saw, the Knight at its best can crack even the most compact defenses with apparent ease. 

Now, I compiled a couple of puzzles showing the power of the Knight. They are quite challenging if you haven't seen them before. 

Puzzle 1

White's position looks hopeless. White's knights are on opposite corners and they seem disorganized. Can white's knights cooperate together to save the draw?


 Puzzle 2

So, the clumsy Knight is sometimes more agile than we all imagine. 

Puzzle 3

Paradoxically, the knight on the edge of the board was what saved the game for white.

Now, to finish this blog, I would like to show a game where the Knight was the piece that saved me after a big blunder in the opening. 

So, I thought I was going to lose this game after the terrible Nxe5 blunder. Fortunately I still had a Knight left to show his strength. I know it was vs a lower rated player, but no game is easy. Except vs Ozzy.