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Old 20 January 2014, 03:23 AM
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Mister Ed Why the knight is the best piece on the chess board

Video proves that it is possible to place the knight anywhere you wish on a chess board.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/good...ess-board.html
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Old 20 January 2014, 03:45 AM
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Errr.. Can't the queen, king, rook (castle) also go to any place on the board with far less pre-planning?
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Old 20 January 2014, 03:47 AM
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Errr.. Can't the queen, king, rook (castle) also go to any place on the board with far less pre-planning?
No, they can't because they can't jump around the other pieces.
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Old 20 January 2014, 04:02 AM
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No, they can't because they can't jump around the other pieces.
The first thing the guy did is toss all the other pieces on the floor so that the knight had a wide-open chess board. The video demonstrated absolutely nothing about working around other pieces.

However, the guy in the video also made no claim about any piece being the "best piece on the chess board." I don't know where the headline writer came up with that, but the video is really just about an interesting little puzzle. The only relations to chess are that the board and the knight's movement pattern are the foundation of the puzzle.
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Old 20 January 2014, 05:05 AM
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I was only commenting on the "can't they go anywhere as well?" question. The answer is no.
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Old 20 January 2014, 06:50 AM
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It's an excellent defensive piece, but it's "field of fire" is too weak to make it a good offensive piece, especially in the (boring) end game, where the boards is more open.

I've been considering a variant to remove the boring open space end game, which often turns into a very predictable formulaic game, by "shrinking" then board.

Here goes: Whenever a piece is taken, a token is placed under the piece that took it. When that piece moves away, the token stays and marks that square as unusable. Pieces may not end their movement on it, and may not move through it (knights excluded). I think that will make for a more interesting game. The main problem is that pawns may get stuck behind a "hole", but if playtests shows this to be a problem, it could be fixed by allowing them to make a diagonal move to bypass a hole.
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