10 Ways To Use Your Knights Effectively

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  1. I just made a comment on the bishop video about wanting more themed videos and voilà here it is… The knight theme… My game strength in the past year has improved immensely thanks in part to Chess Vibes, the no nonsense chess learning channel. Also the explanations are lucid and practical. Thank you Nelson…

  2. I have faced and countred all these.Nd knights are best in endgames ( with rooks)

  3. Good stuff I liked your way of avoiding knight checks from another video but blocking queens w knight is helpful too

  4. Another critical issue that intermediate/beginners face is when the enemy bishop pins my knight to the queen from g4 or g5. Now I was reading Daryl’s comment below and your answer which said h3 will slow down development. True enough, but this position is always cramping and I am not able to identify the exact weaknesses in my opponent to be able to exploit it. How do we deal with this… can you do a video on this too sometime in the future…

  5. Experiment, knight on the side is not always bad

  6. Last match the guy could've just sacked bishop

  7. 13:12 because Queen can already move like Rook and Bishop, so adding Knight in the combo gives you more options by covering more squares?

  8. When I started playing chess I really didn't understand knights, I never realized their importance, now I prefer knights over bishops (and sometimes rooks) simply because they're such powerful pieces. Well done video Nelson!

  9. 4:25 – Believe or not c5 also deals with the issue, because the white pawn is still on e2. Thus b5 is unprotected and you can respond to Nb5 with Qa5 and in order not to lose the knight white is forced to move it back. So, basically the only move is e3 and you need to know tons of theory from then on.

  10. Excellent video. Just to add a note concerning knight forks being there are six different scenarios where forks are possible; two linear , say opponent has pieces on d2 and d4, or d2 and d6. And four triangular on a 2 X 2, 2 X 4, 4 X 4 and 3 X 5 squares combination.

  11. 11:05 – I just wanna add in that position it was maybe better to play f3 first, because Black can play Ne4 and force a trade. And if a trade happens, Black wins. If we had avoided that move, the position would have been equal and maybe white even had chances winning that endgame after Nb3 that you showed. Because that move happens anyways. The weakness on e3 is eliminated, because nothing black has access to that square.

  12. This is a very useful video nelson !! I think if you make a video about colour weaknesses around the king , it will be great !! In one of my games , I was white and black's king castled short , his only defender was the dark squared bishop, I had two rooks ready to attack his king , but he pinned one of my rooks to my queen , he took my rook and I retake back with the other rook , and actually , I went to win this game !!! Because he traded his only defender to my rook , and I had two attackers ( rook and queen) against zero defenders , and I won the game after bringing the knights , I am sorry if the comment is too long , but i think that this concept is so important , keep up the good work bro !!

  13. I also like piling them up on weaknesses if possible.

  14. 20:00 couldn't karpov just have played be2 and traded off his bishop for the knight instead of sacrificing a queen for it later down the line??

  15. The n1 example is an opening called the fried liver

  16. Thank you for this lesson, Nelson! I didn't know side-by-side knights were so strong until brought up just how many squares they control together. It's almost like an invisible force shield.

  17. I kind of intuitively knew most of it but you explained it very well and so clearly that it open my eyes to newer ideas such as the defending knight back on the 1st/8th rank and the octopus knight. Thank you so much. So glad I subscribed to your channel a while back. Keep doing your thing man.

  18. Knight on f1 your attack is done!
    Knight on f1 no need to run
    Knight on f1 your mate is gone..eh!
    Knight on f1 anybody got any ideas?

  19. Workin on our knight moves,
    Tryin to make some frontpage drive-in news 🎵 🎶

  20. A Queen can only get a knights move close to a lone king. So the knight naturally fills that gap. Just my thinking of why Queen + Knight is so powerful.

  21. The best way to describe a knight move is 2 squares to the opposite color. This allows you to envision the octopus pattern more directly. Also, it allows you to calculate multiple knight moves more quickly. E.G. Two moves with the knight puts you on the same color. Three moves puts you on the opposite color. Notice also that a queen traveling two squares always goes to the same color.

  22. 4:41 fried liver attack! one of my favorite openings to play!

  23. The first example teaches you how our brain prefers humiliating the opponent (by forking King and Queen) over winning (with a mate in 2 moving the rooks).

  24. I really like the part where the knight moves are so powerful that I was having phantom discord notifications

  25. Excellent instruction as usual! I am relatively new to chess, playing about a year and I wonder if you have any tips on how to quickly "visualize" the threat of enemy Knights. In blitz/rapid games I find myself trading Bishops for Knights or spending a lot of pawns moves to keep Knights out of my part of the board because I struggle to visualize knight moves and threats.

  26. 4:40, or you play 7. …Bd5 and play the Traxler gambit. Which is the almost most toxic and tricky counterattack for black.

  27. In Mpc Battle Chess I learned that the Knight is sometimes called "The Bugaboo of The Beginner"

    Great vid, thank you for the information 🙂

  28. Interesting that the defending knight on the side (f8/f1) is no longer knight on the rim is grim…

  29. The octopus knight is a great defense, but I can't see that it's going to attack anything

  30. 12:22 "if you'te black i'll flip the board for you."

    i'm not black and you still flipped the board.

  31. knights are the only piece that can attack 4 pieces t once

  32. I vividly remember playing chess with my friends freshman year and I was playing this one kid and after I moved my knight, he said: “I hate horses, they’re so slimy” it made everyone laugh and I think he was joking but he was right, knights are really slimy

  33. Your material is so amazing. You're my hero.

  34. But some times I also do these but I could not reach it purpactlly
    so how I can reach the most controling is castl so how I can win that?

  35. Another great video, always direct and clear, thanks

  36. You've got your Discord on. Got me to check my Discord!
    Nice trick you pulled on me, Sir knight! :]

  37. It's funny, I actually had a smothered mate recently in a game. It's the first time in a long time I've actually been able to mate my opponent with a smothered mate. It wasn't even an opening trap. It just popped up in a normal feeling position several moves into a game.

  38. But there is also the Traxler Counterattack against the Fried Liver

  39. The Knight is my favorite piece to use and is the piece I have the best accuracy with. With these top knight moves I am excited to really become lethal with it. Great video!

  40. fascinating, but why doesn't the octopus knight lose out to bishop –> e2? I don't get why that had to be a queen sacrifice!…even after rook e2, queen e2, the following exchange wins white a point with rook d3, bishop d3, queen d3. White would finish that with good position up material. Maybe it's just tough out here in these streets I'd love to play Karpov what a merciful GM ;D

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