The Knights (or “Horses”) move in a jumping L-shaped move. Some players love the Knight piece, with all its quirks, whereas other players may prefer the Bishops.

Knight Moves

The Knight move is quite a tricky move for beginners. It isn’t a diagonal move, and they cannot move to a square next to them. They have to move in a 2-1 or 1-2 sequence with an L-shape. Knights are the only pieces that can jump over other pieces to move, and in fact, they can only move by jumping. They capture by jumping onto an enemy piece. Knights can move both forwards and backwards.

Knight Value

Knights are considered to be worth about 3 Pawns, which is approximately the same as Bishops. Knights are best in closed positions, whereas Bishops are usually better in open positions. In the endings, a Knight is called a “good knight” if the position is closed, and the Knight has some good squares. A Knight that’s sitting in the middle of the board, supported by a pawn, where it cannot be attacked by a pawn (called a “hole”) is considered to be a “dominating Knight”.

Knight Forks

Knights are particularly good at forks, called “knight forks”. Knights cannot do pins or skewers. But Knights are often pinned themselves by any of the other pieces.

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