Knight (chess) facts for kids

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Chess pieces
Chess kdt45.svg King Chess klt45.svg
Chess qdt45.svg Queen Chess qlt45.svg
Chess rdt45.svg Rook Chess rlt45.svg
Chess bdt45.svg Bishop Chess blt45.svg
Chess ndt45.svg Knight Chess nlt45.svg
Chess pdt45.svg Pawn Chess plt45.svg

The knight (♘,♞) is a piece in the game of chess, representing a knight (armored cavalry). It is normally represented by a horse's head and neck.

Each player starts with two knights, which begin on the row closest to the player, between the rooks and bishops. It moves in an L pattern, two squares in one direction then one square in another.

It is the only piece in chess to be able to jump over other pieces. It is also the only piece that can be in position to attack a king, queen, bishop, or rook without being attacked by that piece. Because of this, the knight plays forks well in a game of chess.

A knight should always be close to where the action is, meaning it is best used on areas of the board where the opponent's pieces are clustered or close together. Pieces are generally more powerful if placed near the center of the board, but this is particularly true for a knight.

The knight, along with the king and the rook, has the oldest defined movement of any chess piece, its movement being unchanged since the invention of chaturanga in India around the 6th century.

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