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

  • #1

    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?

  • #2

    I have. In one game my opponent only had a king and pawn left and I only had a king and pawn. I promoted to knight to show off then mated him with my knight king and his own pawn. Was pretty epic. It was otb though and I didn't write down the moves unfortunately but it was probably one of the best checkmates of my life.

  • #3

    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.

  • #4

    Yes, to avoid stalemate, gain tempo with check, or fork pieces.

    Rooks and bishops can be underpromoted in problem-like situations but you're correct they are usually not necessary.

  • #5
    I've never had occasion for it.
  • #6

    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.

  • #7
    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!

     

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  • #9

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

  • #10

    I used to do it all the time in high school.  I was the only player on our team who could reliably mate with knight and bishop, so I used to do it all the time to try and help my friends learn the pattern.  

    So far as I can recall it's never happened in a real game though.  Closest I've come is remember looking at a variation where throwing a knight down would generate a king-queen fork.  Didn't get a chance to play the line, presumably because my opponent was opposed to dropping his queen outright.


  • #11

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

  • #12

    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.

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