Chess Tactics – Knight Fork Part-2

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In the first part of this lesson, we had a look at a few examples of the “knight fork” and carried out some training exercises. If you missed it, you can find it here. In the second part, we’ll see a few more examples and exercises to understand the different patterns of this tactical motif completely.


Example – 6

Knight fork

White to play


White’s rook is under attack but he recognizes the amazing knight fork pattern here. White starts with a check: 1.Nd7+ Kf7 is the only move to support the rook. And now White makes some forcing moves 2.Rxe8 Rxe8 3.Rxe8 Kxe8 and here comes the fork 4. Nf6+ 1-0


Example – 7

Knight fork

Black to play


It’s Black’s turn here. To attain the “main fork”, he starts with a “mini-fork”: 1…Nb3 and White has to move the rook. 2. Rb1 and now comes the main fork 2…Nd4, attacking both the queen on e2 and the bishop on b5. 0-1


Example – 8

Knight fork

Black to play


It’s Black’s turn. To attain the fork, he starts with a sacrifice, winning a pawn: 1…Bxd5 2.exd5. Now Black wins the rook with the fork 2…Nc2+ – after 3.Rxc2 Rxe3, Black is an exchange up. 0-1


As usual, simply looking at examples is not enough – let’s try to solve a couple of problems now. 🙂


Exercise – 4

Knight fork

Black to play


Exercise – 5

Knight fork

White to play


After calculating all possible variations, you may check the solution here.


P.S. Did you like this article? Would you like to see similar articles on other tactical motifs? Feel free to write your thoughts and feedback in the comments below. 🙂




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Comments: 7

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  1. Example 7 is… mmm….
    Let us see: 1. Nb3 – ab 2. Qa1 – Bh6. AND NOW there are two possibilities A) 3. Qf1+-Kf1 4. gf and the position is “playable”; B) 3. Qa5-Qg4 4. g6-Bc4 and white has a good play.

    1. That is an interesting variation. But after 2. Bh6 Black can play Qa2 and if 3. Qg4 then Qxb2 defending g7. Yes, after axb3 White has some compensation for the exchange but not fully.

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  2. Hi Carlos,

    It’s great that you strive to think independently and analyse the positions. This way you learn the most from any lesson.

    Your note about the Example 7 is interesting. It’s indeed White’s best chance to play 2.ab (as 2.Rb1 is totally hopeless).

    Here’s the question for you, as well as for the other students. Can you notice any improvements in the example 8 ?

    1. Hi Igor, thanks for your kindly considerations. About the E8, it’s clear, still more. I think, in the answer below black loses two pieces, bishop and knight, for one rock, and although black wins a pawn it doesn’t seem too much. A better solution should be (it seems to me…) 1. … Ae4 2. de – Rd6 (and black wins a Rock for a piece, directly or by forking after Rd6 and Nc2).
      Have a nice day, and thanks again.

  3. White need not necessarily take the bishop with exd5 and open the file. However, still White has the disadvantage because of his doubled pawns on the g-file and e-pawn is isolated.

    1. That’s right, guys!

      As “The_Fischer_Guy” stated, White should not take the bishop. If, however, White does so, then Carlos has noticed properly that Black should play 2…Re3 (instead of 2…Nc2).

      Together we found out the truth! 🙂

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