Good Knight

The term “good Knight” is typically used in chess endgames, but of course, Knights can also be great in the middlegame! A “good Knight” is often used as a comparative term against a “bad bishop” in chess endings. A so-called “good” Knight may refer to:

In the middlegame, a good knight is a “dominant Knight” or a “supported Knight”. If the Knight is in an advanced position, usually in a “hole” where it cannot be attacked and is supported by its own pawn (or ideally a pawn chain). Such a Knight can be a game-winning advantage. A Knight on the 5th is very strong, but a Knight on the 6th is a huge advantage.

The opposite is a “bad Knight” which is often a Knight that’s stuck on the side of the board. Or it may be in an even worse position such as “dominated Knight” or a “smothered Knight”.

In the endgame, a “good knight” is similar, with its position in a “hole” or in a “supported Knight” position. But a good knight may also refer to the endgame of “Good Knight vs Bad Bishop”.

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