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Can you checkmate with rook vs knight? [duplicate]

Is it possible to checkmate if all you have is a rook and your opponent only has a knight? If both of you play without mistakes or blunders?
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Is exchanging a knight for a bishop and open the game a good strategy for beginners? [duplicate]

I just learned that bishops are better in an opened game, but in a "normal" game is it good to follow this strategy?
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How to play better with Knight?

I'm solving tactics on http://chesstempo.com . One of the things that I struggle with, is tactics involving moving the Knight several times. I find it very odd to calculate Knight movement beyond the ...
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Can a knight jump into a square in both an odd and even number of moves?

For example, a knight can go from b1 to d5 in 2 moves and in many other routes by an even number of moves. However, can it go to d5 in an odd number of moves? I was wondering this because it would ...
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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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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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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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Why sacrifice the rook?

[Title "White to move"] [FEN "1r3rk1/1p4bp/p2p1q2/2pPn1p1/B1PnRp2/PPN2P1P/2QB2P1/3R2K1 w - - 5 27"] This is a diagram from the game between Del Rey, Diego and Efimenko, Zahar on the Zalakaros Chess ...
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Rook and knight used together within the same move - legal?

This is my first question on chess beta and I don't know if I'm insane or if the cpu is broken. So I was playing chess against a CPU on the iPhone with the app 3D Chess Game, and the CPU (playing ...
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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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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 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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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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Explaining knight move to kids

I am currently teaching a kid (~6 years) chess and we started with the pieces. While she had no trouble picking up the rules for the rook, the bishop, the queen and the king, the knight seems more ...
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Wording of Troitsky line rule

The current Wikipedia article on the two knights endgame states: For the position with White to move, Troitsky established that if a black pawn is securely blockaded (by one of the white knights) ...
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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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When Black opens with Nf6 after e4 - Beginner question

I would like to have some analysis in the following setting: 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5. Now, what is best for white? The move 3. c4 continues the attack, but can create a "pawn weakness".
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Question about knight vs. 3 pawns endgame

In the following puzzle, 5. Kb6 is considered better than 5. Kc7. Doesn't Kc7 force Black to sacrifice his knight (sooner)? [FEN "8/3n4/8/1P3k2/1P6/4K2P/8/8 b - - 0 1"] 1... Nb6 2. Kd4 Ke6 3. Kc5 ...
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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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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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Could you explain me this part of GM Larry Kaufman's article on "The Evaluation of Material Imbalances"?

This is a stupid question that has more to do with English than with chess, so if other people also think it's stupid I can delete it after I get the answer. Since English is not my mother's tongue I ...
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What squares are the most active for bishops?

For a beginner: Where are bishops mostly exchanged or placed? Where are knights mostly exchanged or placed?
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The Knight is stronger in Rapid/Blitz than it is in classical time controls. How many centipawns does the Knight gain in Rapid and in Blitz?

In blitz, the knight is stronger than the bishop. - Vlastmil Hort I am using this point value system for classical time controls (at least one hour per player): Pawn = 1 Knight = 3.25 Bishop = 3.25 ...
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The Anderssen v Zukertort game in the Yamie Chess kids' math boardgame

Spanish Game: Johannes Zukertort vs Adolf Anderssen 1865 - Berlin [fen ""] [White "Zukertort"] [Black "Anderssen"] [Event "Berlin 1865"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. c3 d6 5. d4 Bd7 6. O-O Ng6 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Longest path for knight

Suppose the knight is on square X and he wants to get to square Y, and in order to do that he has to move N moves. how big could N be? Could that be solved using a mathematical equation? Say Nf3 ...
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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 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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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