The knight is a horse-shaped piece that moves in "L" shapes, as shown by the display to the right. It is the only piece that can jump over other pieces. The knights are set up adjacent to the rooks along rows 1 and 8. The knight is worth 3 points and is represented in algebraic notation by a capital N or less commonly, Kn or Kt.Knights are especially useful in making split moves, also called forks because they can target many different squares. Also, since knights have such eccentric movements, they can often pull off unexpected moves. Knights are the only pieces that can move on a player's first turn, besides the pawns, and are often brought out pretty early in the game. can easy mate the King by cornering the King.
The most possible moves a knight can have at once is eight.
Knights also have an unusual notation because the K was taken by the king so the N was used for the knight, and the word "night" sounds similar.
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