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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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Is it possible to force checkmate with King, Knight, and Bishop vs. King?

If a King, Knight, and Bishop are pitted against the opposing King, is it possible to force checkmate? I find it very hard to do, enough so that I'm not sure whether there's a clean method.
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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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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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Can a knight move through all squares from its original position?

I'm so confused about this. I googled it and read about knight's tours, however they all start from illegitimate positions. I want to know if a knight can move through all squares from its original ...
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How to describe two knights defending each other?

How to describe two knights defending each other? Linked knights? Doubled knights? In Chinese Chess, two 马 (horse/knight)s protecting one another is quite common, and there is a standard ...
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How do you hold a draw with a knight against a rook?

Knight and King versus Rook and King is a theoretical draw. Yet, you might lose if you don't know the method. How do you hold a draw?
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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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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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Opening with knight

I recently came across a game purportedly played by Napoleon (white) where he opened with 1. Nc3, and went on to win. I've never seen another game that did not open with a pawn. Does a knight opening ...
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What is a "monster knight"?

I was watching an agadmator video explaining a game between two chess engines, and at one point in the video after a knight move, agadmator talks about how that knight then became "basically a monster ...
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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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"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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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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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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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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How to decide when is a3/h3 needed?

a3/h3 are frequently used to prevent the bishops from pinning the knights. I always have a hard time deciding whether to play them or not. Playing them loses moves and tempo while not playing can ...
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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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A case where Bishop for knight isn't a good trade

I have played recently a game. In the position below Stockfish is saying that Nxe6 is a mistake and Rad1 is suggested but I'm having a hard time figuring out why. Can someone provide some insights ? ...
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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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Endgame: Rook + Knight vs Rook

What happens in the endgame Rook + Knight vs Rook? Is it a draw, or can the side with the knight win? I came across this a few days ago, and I managed to win with the Rook + Knight, but I am not ...
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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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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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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"] ...
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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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Why should I try to put knights on weak squares when they can be taken easily?

Here you can see two weak squares-b6 & d6. That's what my chess book says, and in order to use these two weak squares, one must consider the moves Nf3-d2-c4. Actually, the story is more ...
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Chess.com insufficient material draw

I played a game at chess.com and the endgame was KNN vs KP. When the pawn was captured, the server automatically give a draw due to "insufficient material". I am confused about chess.com's ...
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At what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King Bishop and Knight vs King?

As in title above, at what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King, Bishop and Knight vs King without much effort (with reasonable time left for the game)?
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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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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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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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Is this the only opening that allows one side to end up with three knights?

In Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin counter-gambit, Lasker trap, black ended up with three knights, which should be rare. Here white should not capture the additional knight in the next move (8. Rxg1 ...
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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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Can a King and Queen mate a King and Knight or is this a drawn game?

White has a King and a Queen. Black has a King and a Knight. It is White's move. Can White win or is this ending a draw?
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Shortest path for a knight

Is there a practical way of computing the shortest path from a square to another, for a knight? (for a human chess player, not for a computer) Usually, when I want to send my knight from a square to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 checkmate possible in knight vs knight pawnless endgame?

I see plenty of information stating that a Knight and King vs a King is a Draw because a mating position is not possible. I also see that it IS possible, no matter how unlikely, to acquire a mating ...
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What is the benefit of making the first move with a Knight?

I know that some moves from some opening can transpose to another. But if I move my knight first, does it have benefit to me? In my Houdini, it shows lower value than I move a pawn first. Best ...
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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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Why can't knights lose tempo?

From Wikipedia: Kings, queens, bishops, and rooks can lose a tempo; a knight cannot (Müller & Pajeken 2008:40,175,189). Is there truth to this? Examples please. My context is towards developing ...
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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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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 are good strategies or principles to prolonging the first stage of a game?

Is there a particular strategy or principle you can use to drag out the first stage of a game, namely, to preserve all your pieces as long as possible. One way I can imagine this being useful, if ...
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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 ...