Knight Manoeuvre: Nb1-d2, Nd2-f1, Nf1-g3,  Ng3-f5

Lee Jones of Australian Chess Enterprises doesn't need anymore introduction to members. When we requested him to suggest a few ideas regarding knight manoeuvres, he showed us the above route. He insisted that the route is dependant on opening and pawn configuration. It creates and exploits weak squares around the king. It is a good idea to study master games wearing specs tinted with similar themes.

Blackburne,J - Steinitz,W [C70]
Vienna Vienna, 1882

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nge7 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 b5 8.Bb3 d6 9.c3 c5 10.Qd1 Bb7 11.0-0 Qd7 12.Re1 c4 13.Bc2 Ng6 14.Nd2
The knight has started its journey to fight the man who probably gave the moustache and beard to chess master image.

14...Be7 15.Nf1 0-0 16.Qh5 Rae8 17.Ng3 Bd8 18.Nf5 f6 19.a4 d5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Be3 dxe4 22.Red1 Qc7 23.Qh3 Re5 24.Rd7 Qxd7 25.Nh6+ gxh6 26.Qxd7 Bd5 27.Bxh6 1-0


Akhmadeev,V (2442) - Kyprijanov,I (2322) [C79]
Chigorin mem St Petersburg, 05.11.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 d6 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 Na5 8.d4 Nxb3 9.axb3 Bb7 10.Nbd2 Nd7 11.c4 Be7 12.Nf1 0-0 13.Ng3 Re8 14.Nf5 Bf8 15.d5 Nb6 16.Qd3 Qd7 17.Be3 g6 18.Ng3 Nc8 19.Nd2 c6 20.Rf1 bxc4 21.bxc4 cxd5 22.cxd5 f5 23.exf5 gxf5 24.Nxf5 e4 25.Qb3 Re5 26.Ng3 Bxd5 27.Qc2 Qb7 28.Ra4 Qc6 29.Qd1 Ne7 30.Rb4 Ng6 31.Rb6 Qd7 32.Bd4 Re6 33.Qg4 Rae8 34.Rxa6 Qb5 35.Ra3 Bh6 36.Be3 Bg7 37.Nf5 Bxb2 38.Ra7
though the material is equal, White has tremendous attack!

38...Bb7 39.Rb1

39...Qc6 40.Nf1 Bc8 41.Rxb2
a piece up!

41...Rf6 42.Qh5
Black resigned. 1-0


Van Elteren,J - Herrewijn,C [C91]
NED U16 op Hengelo, 10.08.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Be7 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Re1 Bb7 8.c3 0-0 9.d4 d6 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Nf1 Na5 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Ng3 Nh7 14.Nf5 Bg5 15.Nxg5 Nxg5 16.Qg4 Bc8 17.h4 Bxf5 18.exf5 Nh7 19.Bxh6 Qf6 20.Bg5 Nxg5 21.hxg5 Qe7 22.f6 Qf8 23.Qh4 g6 24.Re3 Black resigned as

24...Rec8 25.Rh3 Qg7
to create breathing space.

26.fxg7 Kxg7 27.Qh6+
covers escape route to f8 to get to e7

27...Kg8 28.Qh8# 1-0

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