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How to describe the knight

The following pages are taken from Donner’s The King (New In Chess 2006). For those who don’t know Donner is a great writer with a style all his own, of which the following passage is typical in many respects.

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Diagram from Rowson’s very good book ‘The Seven Deadly Chess Sins’ (Gambit 2000), pg. 122. Question, if the knight is on the edge of a board, does it still move in a circle?

More on Donner here,

How not to describe the knight

William Ward (more on him to come soon) once wrote a much maligned Laws of Chess, here is his account of the knight:

‘The Knight may be moved in any direction from the square on which it stands to the next square but one of a different colour, passing over the intermediate square, whether such square be occupied or not.’ ( more information can be found in Edward Winter’s good site here (

We experienced players can probably guess what Ward wants to say but would someone new to chess understand Ward’s concept of the ‘intermediate square’?




Oops, that’s Donner.

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