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This is David Sullivan with the knight and how to use it.

This is a white knight. You begin the game with two white knights. A knight moves in an L-shape like from here D4 goes one, two and then one. Notice the letter L, but this L can be backwards, one,two one in this direction or it can be kind of sideways and upside down. The knight always goes one two and then it turns, one, two and then it turns, one two and then it turns.

The knight, for instance, to get from F1 on the first rank all the way over here in four moves, you could go up two and turn, up two and turn, up two and turn, and then it could go to the side two and turn to reach the other side of the board.

The knight has one special power. It can jump. So even if the knight were, say, surrounded by these black pawns and kind of used as targets here the knight can jump over the pawns like it could go jump one two, jumping over this pawn on E4 and then turns landing on F5.

From F5 it could go one two, jumping over these two. squares landing on the E3 square. Whatever you land on in chess you capture. From E3 the knight could go up two one to the side landing on the pawn in D5, or it could go to the side too jumping over these two pawns landing on the pawn on C4.

Move, move, turn; move, move, turn. So move, move, turn, we capture the pawn. Move, move turn, jump, jumping over the pawn and capture the pawn. Jumping over the pawn, jumping over the E3 square landing on E4 capturing it. Jump, jump, capture; jump, jump, capture; jump, jump, capture; and then finally jump, jump, capture.

At the beginning of the game and the knights who cam jump over of chess the only pieces that can move are the pawns who block everybody else and the knights who can jump over the pawns.


  1. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks
    I needed to know this to solve a programming problem, but I then decided to learn chess and be a chess player

  2. Noob question. Can the knight move one then two at aright angle or is it only two then one at a right angle?

  3. You explained what the knight does not how to use it…

  4. 2 min silence for those who thinks this is real XD even he is laughing

  5. He is not even getting killed by any of those soldiers even though every move he did was a suicide

  6. Hi sisyer i won chess with only the knight

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  10. I have come to the conclusion that learning that the knight moves in the form of the L is really bad especially for visualization and seeing really fast where the knight can go.
    And its a bad habit that it will be harder to break as you get more experience and hinder your progress.

    Instead of everytime you see the knight you have to think of all the L it can do.

    Think of the color of the square and dont think of where it moves but what squares it controls its the same but not really cause you are seeing all the options at once instead of doing L calculation which take a lot of time for the brain.

    Instead this will take a moment to understand but it will make everything easier in the long run.

    Look at the knight, look at the color square he controls. Now draw 1 square arrow diagonally which is the same color square as your knight. Now the outside adjacant squares which are the opposite color of your knight are the squares the knight controls.
    Think of it as an Y with the base of the Y starting where your knight is.
    And its pretty easy to visualize 2 4 or all 8 squares that the knight controls.

    Again to see the whole picture.
    See the 4 same colored squares around your knight, and all 8 adjacent different colored squares are the ones the knight controls.

    It might seem hard as I say it but with a board in front of you its easy.

    So the knight starts at the base of the Y and can finish on each branch of the Y .
    Than as you get more familiar you will see all 4 Y's .

    I dont know how GM see it in their mind.

  11. Hi, a pawn cannot capture the Nights is that right? Like your examples on your video the Knights was surrounded by pawns.

  12. Hey but you can also move 1 square and turn 2 square

  13. We know how it moves, how do you figure out how to defend against it? It is a killer to figure out.

  14. I am fairly new to chess and your videos are amazing, so clear and fun to learn from. Thanks.

  15. It’s not one two one. It’s one diagonal and one forward (or backwards). A tip I learned recently which helps me visualize better

  16. One question, can knight jump over other pieces other than pawn?

  17. I don't understand how you mentioned Knight can complete the board in 4 steps while you forgot a crucial point that Knight is switching colors with every move..!

  18. As a kid I used to think knight moves as a capital "Y" shape rather than "L" shape

  19. Why called knight? If is a horse Head?

  20. here you can get your tutorial, Andrea Botez

  21. Magnus replies on the world championship conference is better

  22. So that's why Knights on International Chess are useful since it can jump other pieces while Chinese Knights in Chinese Chess could be blocked…

  23. These comments are a helpful addition to the video

  24. Generally moves like an L shape but in blitz can be very unpredictable

  25. Bruh me and the knight are the same, every time i move it will result as an L

  26. Knight is my fav because i love giving L to my enemies

  27. Wow i love this guy i used to be bad at chess just cuz i don't know how to use knight

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