Has anyone promoted a Pawn to a Knight and have it work?

EthanPV

I'm fully aware that promoting a pawn to a rook or bishop is completely pointless because a Queen is literally both of them, but since you can promote to a knight and because a knight isn't neither a bishop nor a rook, has anyone ever promoted to a knight?

Bonsai_Dragon

EthanPV wrote:

I'm fully aware that promoting a pawn to a rook or bishop is completely pointless because a Queen is literally both of them, but since you can promote to a knight and because a knight isn't neither a bishop nor a rook, has anyone ever promoted to a knight?

Once when promoting to a knight would checkmate, but that was rare.

universityofpawns

It has never actually happened to me either in years of playing, but one of the most noteworthy puzzles is a "smothered" mate in one where you promote to knight and immediate checkmate....I'll see if I can find it and get back.

MickinMD
EthanPV wrote:

I'm fully aware that promoting a pawn to a rook or bishop is completely pointless because a Queen is literally both of them, but since you can promote to a knight and because a knight isn't neither a bishop nor a rook, has anyone ever promoted to a knight?

I did it once with one of the high school kids whose club/team I coached when the guy, Matt, was grinning from ear-to-ear and I realized he had intentionally dropped his queen and maneuvered his King so there would be a stalemate when my new queen began existence.  When I pushed the pawn to the queening square and said, "Give me a Knight," his lower jaw almost hit the floor.

I only had barely enough edge to eventually win, but I did.

I told him it was a good example of why we need to keep our emotions controlled - I'd have missed it without the Cheshire Cat-like grin!

 

universityofpawns

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/game-showcase/pawn-promotion-to-knight-delivers-mate

was in a thread here if this is right

universityofpawns

that was not the one that I remember, but can't find it...the above is just a mate with a knight, not "smothered".

universityofpawns

here is one I made up...white promotes to knight and smothered mate

condude2

I've done a rook to avoid stalemate before. Take the pawn off the board, drop the rook, and watch my opponent's face go from gleeful to depressed in short order.