Knight Rules

Knights move in an L-shaped special move in chess, which can jump over pieces. They move 2 squares in one direction, then one square perpendicular to that original direction. Or they move 1-square and then 2-squares. The shape of the move is an L-shape. This is all part of a single move.

Knights are allowed to move forwards and backwards, as much as desired. In the middle of the board, the Knight may have up to 8 different moves.

Knights can jump over any pieces. Knights are the only piece that can do this. Even if all the squares around a Knight are blocked by pieces or pawns, the Knight can simply jump over it in an L-shaped jump move.

Knights capture exactly as they move. If they can jump to the square, then they can capture an enemy piece on that square exactly the same way.

Knights are also subject to the general move rules. They cannot capture their own pieces, and cannot move off the board, for example.

Knights can be created from pawns. This is called underpromotion of a pawn, and is an obscure rule that is rarely used in actual games.

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