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How to move knights so that black moves first?

From move 0, what shortest-possible sequence of moves could be played so that the pieces are arranged exactly as standard board setup (with allowed swapping of same-color knights), but it is black's ...
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Is this endgame winnable for White?

Playing White against a computer, I reached this position (White to move): [fen "8/5pp1/p4k2/5n1p/1PN5/P7/5PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1"] White has a queenside pawn majority, but Black's king is closer to the ...
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When and why should I trade minor pieces?

After looking at bishop placement and bishops compared to knights i came to the following question: When would it be beneficial to trade a knight for a bishop, or vice versa? This includes the ...
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Which are better, Knights or Bishops?

I have always thought Bishops were better - I know that a KBB vs. K endgame is easily won, whereas KNB vs. K is difficult, and KNN vs. K is impossible; but then again, some people prefer Knights. I ...
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Two questions about Wesley So vs Varuzhan Akobian (2016)

Here is a link to the game itself. [FEN ""] [White "Wesley So"] [Black "Varuzhan Akobian"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. c3 c5 8....
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Knight Moves Around the Board [duplicate]

It is well known that a lone knight can move all around the board covering each square once and only once. Is this possible when the lone knight starts only on certain squares ? How many unique ...
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Knights on c3 & f3, bishops on d3 & e3 - what is this called, and is it sound?

Sometimes when opening I fall into this odd rut of developing knights to C3 and F3, and bishops to D3 and E3. (Or, as black, C6, F6, D6 and E6). For instance, the position after 7.Be3: [FEN "&...
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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?

From this question, the couple queen + knight is strong in attacking the opponent's king. I searched why the knight combines better than the bishop with a queen, and all I could find, from this ...
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KBN vs K checkmate on nonstandard boards

I know how to win the endgame with bishop and knight, but it is a slippery process and seems to be just barely a win, with the enemy king very nearly escaping. For this reason, I am curious about ...
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Longest forced win with just a Knight or Bishop

A single knight or bishop usually isn't enough to force checkmate. However, I know there are certain positions where the defending side has his king in front of a rook pawn where a win can be forced. ...
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Why would one promote a pawn to a knight?

I know that it is makes no sense to promote a pawn to a bishop or a rook as the queen can compensate for both but a knight is something different. However, the queen is still much more powerful. So ...
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Mate With 3 Knights

How do I checkmate with 3 knights? I know 2 is a draw, but with 3 is not.
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What are the shortest possible games with a) 20 Bishops, b) 20 Knights, and c) 20 Rooks?

The fastest way to get to 18 queens is known. But what are the shortest possible games with a) 20 Bishops, b) 20 Knights, and c) 20 Rooks? Here are my own attempts. Can anybody find/create a faster ...
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A question regarding "The Horse Concoction"

Long ago in 2000, Tim Krabbe presented, a now classic, problem by Harry Goldsteen in his article “The Horse Concoction” on his site. It has blossomed across the Internet, as some of us know. The task'...
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Why is Ne4 considered as an inaccuracy whereas it is one of very few moves which saves d3 pawn?

[FEN "r2q1rk1/1p3ppp/p4n2/2Pp4/1Pn5/P1Bp3P/3N2P1/R2QN2K b - - 4 21"] With Black to move Ne4 is not even in top 5 moves and engine says its an inaccuracy. I know it considers fastest winning ...
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I am trying to understand chess moves

Hi I am trying to learn chess, and when I review my moves, I just don't understand how Nd4 is a good move and how nh4 is a blunder. Thanks.
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What should be White’s move here in which each side has just a king and a knight?

[FEN "8/8/8/2k2N2/2n1K3/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Is this position a draw?
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Maximum number of knights populating a chess board so that no knights are attacking one another

The 8 queen's puzzle is a well-known puzzle involving placing 8 queens on a chessboard so that no queen attacks another queen. It is more or less obvious that 8 is the maximum number of queens that ...
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The Black knight challenge

[FEN "8/8/8/8/8/pNnbPPpN/RBppPbrP/pkKPrqQR b - - 0 1"] I was introduced to a challenge a few weeks ago with the above position. The challenge is to move the Black Knight such that it must ...
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Is there a term for the position where two knights support one another? [duplicate]

Is there a term for the position where two knights support one another? I thought I might have seen such a term somewhere, but now I can't find it.
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Knight promotion percentages

Knight promotion is the second most common promotion. Most of the time it is to give an otherwise undeliverable check. But it doesn’t always come with check. Statistically speaking, what percentage of ...
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Non-Standard Knight Development

From its starting square, a knight has 3 legal moves: The “standard” one (c3, f3, c6, f6), the “weird” one (a3, h3, a6, h6) and the “other” one (d2, e2, d7, e7). In my games, I almost always do the ...
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Having knightmares, what to do?

I just hate when my opponent has the knights because most of my blunders happen due to them. I generally like endgames where my opponent doesn't have the knight. I also hate when the Knight enters my ...
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"A knight on a rim is dim", but a knight on a corner is ... excellent?

Can someone provide a collection of GM games (I'll define a collection as 5 or more games played by a GM against a GM, to be specific), where the winning side featured, at some point in the game, a ...
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Five Knights Problem

Many years ago, I was shown a problem involving three white pawns promoting to knights and ending up with a ring of five knights encircling the mated king. Does anybody know the starting position? A ...
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King and Three Knights v/s King in end game [duplicate]

Is it possible to checkmate with Three Knights and King v/s King in end game? If yes, is this possible within 50 moves? If no, Why?
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How to exploit the advantage of a bishop over a knight?

Occasionally in a tournament game I will find myself with a material imbalance of BvN or BBvBN in a situation where I know the extra bishop should be superior (center cleared of pawns, pawns on both ...
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Two Knights checkmate [duplicate]

Even though there are positions on the chess board with two knights checkmate by bringing the king in the corner, why it is not possible to checkmate the King? Is it difficult to bring the opponent ...
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Bird's opening problems

I've played the reversed Leningrad Dutch for some time, and I have the problem that when I play Nd2, Black forks my rook and queen on f6->g4->e3. I never get to push my e-pawn before Black forks ...
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Can K + N vs K force black into any corner?

Can white force this position [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "8/8/8/8/8/8/5k1N/7K w - - 0 1"] into this position? [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "k7/8/1K1N4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Background: ...
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Rook+Knight Endgame-Play For Checkmate?

I found myself in this position as Black during a recent endgame situation with White to move. [FEN "8/7k/2R4p/2p3p1/2N2p2/P4PnP/1P2r1K1/8 w - - 4 43"] What is a good way to approach ...
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Arrange 5 non-attacking knights on a 5x5 toroidal board

The celebrated British mathematician and lover of public transport, Simon Norton, was one of those who passed in 2019. He was the subject of a wonderful biography and one of my favourite human beings: ...
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Is the bishop pair and a pawn equivalent to knight and a rook?

In theory, rook (5) + knight (3) = 8 points. And bishop (3.25) + bishop (3.25) + pawn (1) = 7.5 points. For example, do you think black is better in the following scenario or do you believe white ...
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What is the least number of knights needed to cover the entire board?

I’ve seen the solutions to the lowest amount of queens, bishops, and rooks are needed to cover an entire board, as in they can attack all squares and are the only type of piece on the board. What is ...
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Why pin knights early in the opening?

I am a beginner amateur player, and I have been thinking about openings. On lots of occasions the opponent pins the white knight on Nc3 or Nf3 (as black) or the black knight on Nc6/Nf6. What is the ...
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Is it possible to checkmate with rook and knight against just king?

I have a pawnless game with a rook, knight, and king against just a king. Can I checkmate from this position? [FEN "8/8/8/8/1n6/8/2rk4/1K6 w - - 0 1"]
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Is there any game where AlphaZero wins against Stockfish thanks to a knight pair?

I have seen some of the games that were published in the match between AlphaZero and Stockfish. In many games, as when it beats Stockfish as black playing the Berlin Defense, AlphaZero appears to ...
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Why is Ne2 better than Nf3?

I played Nf3 for attacking on king side which is about to castle having some plans to make a battery in future after castling but I feel Ne2 is making a block for Re1 at some point. Any suggestions? [...
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Chess position for a cake

As weird as this question may seem, I am looking for a famous chess position to put in a birthday cake. Ideally the position should involve at least one knight and about 6 pieces. Any idea of a good ...
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List of numerous possible reasons to promote to a knight

While this asks for a reason/any reason in general, I wish to make a list of numerous posssible unique reasons. I already have an exhaustive list of my own. Are there any more possible reasons out ...
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Q+N in attacking K

I've always been told that Q and N are very strong in attacking K. Could someone show me some real GM games where Q+N attack decides the game? (where at the end of the aggression, the attacking side ...
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Can a rook win against a knight in the endgame?

Suppose we have a rook and the opponent has a knight next to his king. Is it possible to win this game theoretically? E.g., in the following position (white to move), is it possible for white to ...
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In how many cases of K, P vs. K, N, N endings can the stronger side force checkmate?

For instance, it wouldn't be possible if the Pawn was on the verge of queening. But is it always possible if the Pawn started off on its original square? Is it usually possible? Or is it only ...
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Checkmating the bare king with 3 knights – can the mate be forced on any edge square?

In the case where White has King and 3 Knights, and Black has just the bare King, it is known that White can force checkmate. But can White in fact pick any edge square in advance, and force the ...
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Can a King and a Knight force stalemate against a lone King?

I believe that a King and two Knights are able to force stalemate against a lone King (though obviously not checkmate)... but what about a King and one Knight against a lone King? I first thought ...
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What is the total number of KNN vs K checkmate positions?

What is the total number of KNN vs. K checkmate positions? Assume that White is checkmating. Firstly the Black king must be mated on a corner. It is impossible to do it on the edge. The calculations ...
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Knights on b4 and g4

I suffer from knight-phobia. If I e.g. play white and black has knights on c6 and/or f6 I tend to play a3 and/or h3 as prophylaxis against knight coming to b4 and g4. I don't like them there. I ...
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Is this endgame winnable for white? (Knight vs two connected passed queenside pawns)

I would like to know if this endgame is winnable for white. Black to play. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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Why are rooks better than knights?

Generally, rooks are considered to be much better than knights. Why is that? Is it a myth or are they really better? Are there situations where a knights may be better that a rook? I usually think ...
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Good Knight Against Bad Bishop Endgame - A More Constructive Plan?

I reached the position below in a recent tournament game [Event "Recent Tournament"] [Site "Deepest, Darkest Oxfordshire"] [Date "Feb 2020"] [White "Ian Bush"] [Black "A Young Victim"] [Result "1-0"] ...