Knight forks at the Coffeehouse
The Knight's unique movement makes it an ideal piece for double attacks. New players are often introduced to this idea quite rudely when they get their rooks forked with a monarch or perhaps a fork of the king and queen. The simple forks fade as the quality of play increases, but sometimes it just takes a little more ingenuity to use the fork effectively. Here are a few examples from the local coffeehouse.
In this game I played white and I've just taken another pawn on h7. I believed my extra pawns would be enough to win. Unfortunately I moved with a bit too much haste. As I looked at the position, I realized my opponent had a winning combination! The longer he thought the more I was sure he would find the winning line, until suprisingly, he resigned! Can you find how black wins?
The second example is a game I observed. Black has the opportunity to win material if he finds the right knight fork.