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The Greedy, Giddy, Silly, Knight

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  • The Greedy, Giddy, Silly, Knight

    An unfortunate but seemingly integral aspect of a Beginner's chessic world-view is too often a fanatical faith in the magical abilities of the Knight.

    Which is why when we play a beginner, we routinely see the same Happy-Tactic (dare we call it "stategy"?) of a Knight skipping merrily across the board towards us in the early moves of a game, hoping to grab an as-yet undeveloped Rook asleep in its corner.

    Hip, Hop, Grab.

    And if a check upon our King can occur betwixt "hop" and "grab", so much the cleverer Our Neophyte deems his efforts.

    As an object lesson of the inherent dangers of a Greedy Knight, I attach below an unremarkable game wherein I played black. I offered up a knight for a pawn on move 4, hoping by demonstration to work towards instilling a more appropriate disdain of Sir Knight within my opponent's feverishly materialistic mind.

    However, having taken my knight-for-nothing seemed only to enflame the embers of materialism smouldering within my Worthy Opponent. The subtle message I was attempting to convey was clearly too-subtle and therefore wrongly-read.

    If any newbs will pay attention, the Lesson-To-Be-Learnt is that the object of chess is to checkmate the opponent without oneself being checkmated first, not to grab material before it's time to grab material.

    What does it benefit you to grab an undeveloped Rook, and thereby lose the game? Are not Kings of more value than Rooks?

    And the giddy hopping of a Knight availeth little against a Bishop and Queen laboring together in harmony, plotting malice against your King.

    A plan is needed, or at the least, circumspect caution. Not Knight-hopping, not Rook-grabbing before the proper time for such things to occur elapses.

    Waltzing the Knight forward in hopes of grabbing an undeveloped Rook too early in the game is no plan.

    The Object Lesson in an Abject Miniature of 13 Moves:

    [Event "unrated standard match"]
    [Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
    [Date "2014.02.17"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Name Charitably Withheld"]
    [Black "Celadonite"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [WhiteElo "-"]
    [BlackElo "-"]
    [ECO "B01"]
    [TimeControl "900"]

    1. e4 d5 2. e5 Nc6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c3 Nxe5 5. Nf3 Qd6 6. Nxe5 f6 7. Qh5+ g6 8. Nxg6 Qe6+ 9. Be3 Bg4 10. Qh4 Bh6 11. Nxh8 Bxe3 12. fxe3 Qxe3+ 13. Be2 Qxe2#
    Last edited by Celadonite; 02-17-2014, 05:37 PM.
    "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch