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Oct 13, 2017, 8:05 PM |

A Night Of Knights And Notation

Hi there, I am a beginner endeavoring to learn and teach the tools acquired on one's journey into the world of chess. There are many plans regarding a game of chess, I personally had learned to play open games, but a well balanced approach is what I recommend for the fellow beginner.
I value chess notation because it provides a way to restore prior games in order for me to analyze them. I am from the United States and we read books from left to right, like so, I would like to cover the squares in which the knights cover in the same manner. I will only be able to provide you with a limited number of squares because the squares in which I will be covering are only the squares the knights control after their initial moves to either .c3 or .f3., or .f6 and .c6 if you have the black pieces.
The knights also have the option to move to .d2 or .e2 on their first move as well (.e7 or .d7 for black), but I'll cover the posts for those squares later.
I'll start with the white pieces, if you move your knight to the c3 square, in chess notation it is written as .Nc3. From the c3 square (here after, I will refer to all of the squares simply by their number alone. for exp: .c3 is the c3 square), the knight can move to .a4, .b5, .d5, .e4, and back to .b1 if you really feel like it, though it would probably be a waste of a move. I am not going to cover any more of the squares in regards to the Queen side knight because there is no way to tell exactly where the pawns will be by this imaginary diagram I am covering here.
Okay, if you move your King side knight to .f3, it is written as .Nf3 and the squares it can go to are as follows: .h4, .g5, .e5, .d4, and back to .g1 (if you really really wanted to).
Awesome, we have completed the squares for the white Queen side and King side knights, let's now cover the black pieces. The King side with the black pieces is on the left and I'll start off with the King side knight because that is how I read in my country. Alright, in this example, when the knight moves to .f6, it is written as .Nf6. From f6 the knight can go to .h5, .g4, .e4, .d5, and back to .g8 (I don't recommend moving your knight back to it's original square unless there is a good reason for it later in the game).
Finally, the black Queen side knight can initially move to .c6. From .c6, the knight can jump to .a5, .b4, .d4, .e5, and back to .b8.
And just to reiterate this, there are additional squares a knight can move to in the opening, but like I said, considering that this is simply an imaginary diagram utilized for the purposes of orienting us with knights and chess notation, I am excluding them because I do not know "exactly" which pawns have been moved in a real game. that is predicated on a person's personal preference to an opening style.
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