Knight Endgames Crash Course – Tips and Tricks For Using Knights – Basic Knight Ideas In Endings

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Continuing the series on chess endings. In this video we talk about Knight endgames and some of the most basic and fundamental principles of Knights that every chess player should be aware of. and amazon links are affiliate links.


  1. I like the thumbnails recently. Very nice.

  2. Really a good content… Keep up bringing these good contents sir… Hope you'll get so many subs in the near future…

  3. Ive found having simple rules to remember for the knight has had me catching great forks almost without thinking. In avoiding checks, by simply staying on the same color you immediately prevent next turn checks. Also why bishops escaping pressure from a knight are also immune from next turn (bishop) checks.

    I always keep a lookout for two opponent pieces who have a 2×2 square between them, in which they are on differing ranks (or files). I see that and i am immediately looking for a knight capable of making the fork

  4. With the knight if your king is on the same colour square as the knight you can't be checked by it

  5. ശമീം മന്നമ്പത് | shameem mannambath says:

    Yours always a bit nice contents…
    compared to others

  6. Tx a lot for those tips Mr Nelson
    Ur channel is the best chess channel on youtube. Wish u all the best 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  7. Very helpful! As a beginner, watching your videos motivates me to play and learn more because it really helps me to improve my performance and win a game. Thanks! I'll keep watching and play smart.

  8. My knight/king check rule is the knight must move to the opposite color it is on no matter what, meaning it can only attack the color it is on, so I just try and get on the opposite color as the knight. If knight is on a white square it must move to a black square (attacking 8 white squares in the process) the diagonal+space rule is much better. Where can I find a video/book/forum with many chess “rules” similar to the knight/king rule knight/pawn rule?

  9. 9:40 i learned that while playing when im on 1300 on lichess. But didn't know the 2 moves to check and 3 moves to check by the knight. All i know is that cross with the knight is safe, and the corner (imaginary 5 tile box where knighr is the center) etc. Thanks for additional knowledge. Im 1700 now on lichess..

  10. There are situations like this where the knight is better than the bishop. Lets say you have pawns on the opposite colour to the enemy bishop. If you have a knight, it doesnt matter if the pawns are on the same colour square as the bishop. The knight can hop around and keep switiching colour squares making the bishop defend a pawn and then hop around to get another pawn.
    This is alot more common in a closed pawn endgame. If that happens and ive lost when this happens when ive had a bishop against a knight. The knight is stronger if the pawns are closed.

  11. Of course, you can force the king to go to a corner with two knights. But you an only force a stalemate, not a mate.

  12. Every knight move puts the knight on the opposite color square, and knights only threaten opposite color squares. So if the knight is on a dark square, they have to move to a light square, which means they can only threaten dark squares. So let's say your king is on a light square and the knight is on a light square. The knight will move to a dark square and attack white squares next move. Put simply, keep your king on the opposite color of the knight and you can't be checked.

  13. Please Like share and subscribe, this is praiseworthy content…The intricate details explained are phenomenal

  14. Another very important tip is that, to avoid getting nearby pieces forked by a knight, have them placed in different coloured squares.
    A knight changes from light to dark and viceversa with every move, meaning all jis 8 possible moves are all on the same colour complex.

  15. What I do in time trouble to avoid knight checks is to play on the colors. Anytime a knight moves, it changes the color it stands on. It also changes the color it can attack. If I just got checked while standing on a dark square, if I move to another dark square then the knight will not be able to check me on the next move – it will only be able to attack light squares on the next move.

  16. I wanna add two more which are common and useful:
    1. A bishop, placed in a correct way, can very effectively stop a knight. (placed straight leaving 2 places blank) ex: Bishop is a d4 and knight is at g4. This is most helpful if the knight is at one of the boarders (ex: knight at a4 and bishop is b4 – The knight can't move without being captured)
    2. King and knight make a very good shield if the pawns in front of the king are gone. ex: King at b1 and knight at b2 – can stop most of the checks.

  17. Can we force checkmate by Bishop and knight. Since you said you can't force checkmate by two knights but can with pair of bishop

  18. You mentioned moving directly in front of the knight, and the 3rd diagonal, but also the 3rd square back also works well. If we don't use these squares, the opponent invariably checks again and hopes for a fork

  19. I find that the easiest way to think about knights is that they can never attack the same colour square twice in a row and can only ever attack the same colour at the same time. If you’re in time trouble and want to avoid a fork, always keep you king on the opposite colour to your pieces, even if you have to deal with an extra check. If you want to avoid a follow up check, if you’re currently on a light square, move to a dark square. Ok the one with diagonally with a space is even better, but moving quickly I want as few rules as possible 🙂

  20. Wow yeah that last technique I never realized and I'm 1300 to keep the knight one square diagonally away keeps check at least 3 moves away

  21. Such a useful video for lower ranked players like me! Keep them coming!!

  22. I always remember if you are being attacked by a knight if you move and stay on the same color you are on he can't move and attack you

  23. Thanks for the awesome video! Subscribed and looking forward to learning more! 🙂

    At 1:30 (vs 6th-rank rook's pawn), I use a "horsey" outline to remember which squares to hop my knight to.

    e5-g4-e3-f1-h2 looks like a horsey shape.

    At 3:17 (vs 7th-rank rook's pawn), there are instances where White can salvage a draw, if Black's king is far and White's king is near enough. White's knight on g3 can blockade Black's king from coming onto d2-e2-e3-e4. White's knight on f2 can blockade Black's king from coming onto d3-e3-e4-e5.

  24. I liked your rook video and you are definitely trying to help everyone. Also, your attitude seems really chill.

  25. One time I took all my opponents strong pieces using one knight only lol

    I wish I had recorded that

    He had 2 rooks n 1 bishop left and I took them all by forking them after that he left

  26. Also a tip to memorize: A knight can’t fork two pieces which stand on a different-colour squares, as all the squares it attacks at a time are the same colour (the other colour than your knight is standing on)

  27. Dude you talk so fast sometimes I legit checked if I didn't left it in the x1.5 by accident xDD
    Thanks for the new and old videos <3 they are all super cool and super useful

  28. That last tip was the most helpful of all. Thank you for that.

  29. Two knights in late game is very strong because it can attack and protect each other and also blockade the pawns and defend the king. I had played a game like that this morning where I only had two knights left and enemy had a queen and a Bishop, however I win because the knight ultimate ability

  30. I have a big tournament next week and I played in a tournament today I managed to make a draw the only thing that is disturbing me is checkmating in different ways please help

  31. The reason knights are short-ranged pieces and cannot force checkmate with two are actually the same: they are the only type of piece (not including pawns) that is not a type of rider (pieces that can infinitely repeat one move until it captures opponent's pieces or blocked by friendly pieces), this makes them have low mobility and lack of ability to triangulate

  32. The 3-move rule for knight attacks also applies to the same rank or file if there are 2 empty spaces separating.

  33. Awesome!!! That last tip was so desperately needed. I knew to keep my king on the same color square i just received the knight check because the knight has to switch colors on his next move. But you breaking it down that the nsew squares directly adjacent to the knight takes two knight moves to check you again, and the second diagonal squares out takes 3 moves to put you check again. That’s gotta be one of if not the best chess tip I’ve ever seen. Tyvm goodsir please keep up the fine work. 🙌🏼

  34. @chessvibes
    How do I calculate the number of steps a knight take to reach a square?

  35. Is the guy talking to us Mr. Che Ron or at least Mr. Madness?

  36. wow, thanks it's super helpful for a blitz games

  37. That last tip is so helpful why have I never heard of it

  38. Just my two cents:
    The knight is changing square color on every move. Just move to the opposite color (the knight is on) with your king when ckecked by a knight and it cannot check on the next move.
    And … to avoid a knight fork attack keep your pieces on different colored squares.
    You can train color pattern for speed chess. And you can draw a circle of all 8 squares a knight may move.

  39. Great tips about the knights at the end of the video. Thank you so much.

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