“He fights whenever he feels like it! – Pardon? – Well, the knight on the chessboard!” As one of six chessmen, the knight is probably most chess players’ favorite and has caused volatile emotions all along.
Ljaljak – Goddard [1 – 0], correspondence chess match 1963
In such position, the white knight has got to already be eager to attack! Black is obviously in the weaker position and the invasion of e6 becomes an obligation, literally.
1. Nxe6 fex6 2. Rxe6+ Kf7
Now, how to continue? Silently and secretly … 3. Qc4, the queen approaches and black surrendered due to the inevitable loss:
3. Qxa2 20. Rf6++ (20. Ke7 21. Ra6++-) 21. Nc7+ Kd8 22. Rxf8#
1 – 0
After such destruction of the king position.. Who doesn’t want to fight? Here is another example:
Folling – Lindblom [1 – 0], Gausdal 1971
This black king almost demands for attack!
1. Nxe6 hxg4 2. Bxb5 ..
And the bishop wants to get the white rook into the game!
2 .. Ke7 (2 .. axb5 3. Bc7#) 3. Bxf8+ Qe6 (3 .. Kxf8 4. Re8#) 4. Bxe6 %. Bc4
After so much desolation, there is one extra pawn on the white side and a dangerous initiative at an own healthy positioning – at least!
1 – 0
Cavaliers are approaching the battlegrounds! And so is the knight as an expert of close combat, who hits two fronts in the following scenario:
Black has marched their king into the center of the board – a king walk. How can white take advantage now?
1. Bb4+ Kb6 2. Qb5+ Nxb6 3. Na4#
1 – 0
Cavallo, cavalier, Springer, or whatever the counterpart may call their knight – this chessman is quietly capable of turning a chess match upside down!
Artur Jussupov had already figured out, that proper short calculations of moves in the early stage of the game are much more important than the ability of calculating long variations. Have you solved the 3-move-combination yet?
1. Nf3+ 2. gxf3 (the alternative 2. Kh1 cannot come for a rescue here; on the contrary: 2. Qxh2#) 2 .. Rg6+ 3. Kh1 Qxf3#
1 – 0
Atkinson – N.N. [1 – 0], Manchester 1929
The positioning is ready for the final sacrifice:
1. Rxe6 Qxe6 2. Ng5 Qg6 3. Rxh7+ Qxh7 4. Hf7#
1 – 0
And now, the knights very well deserve their break!
written by Frank, translated by Birthe