Welcome back. Perhaps you'd like to tell me what you'd like me to call you this lesson.

Are you sure you understand the KNIGHT move, kiddo?

Yes, I understand the KNIGHT move

No: can you remind me how it moves?

In this lesson you're going to learn something else about KNIGHTS.

If you're a KNIGHT riding a horse into battle you're going to need to carry a weapon.

There's one weapon that KNIGHTS are really good at using. And that weapon is the FORK.

There are two reasons why KNIGHTS are good at using FORKS. The first reason is that they move in EIGHT directions. The second reason is that they move in a different way to other pieces. So if your KNIGHT attacks an enemy piece other than another KNIGHT it won't be able to capture you.

Take a look at this position.

Can you see where you can move your KNIGHT so that he ATTACKS both the enemy pawns?

If it helps, set the position up on your board and try out some moves until you find the right answer.

Yes, you're right. If you move your KNIGHT to d5 you'll FORK both the black pawns.

If Black moves the pawn on b6 you'll kill the pawn on e7. And if he moves the pawn on e7 you'll kill the pawn on b6.

Because the KNIGHT move is not in a straight line KNIGHT FORKS like this are not easy to find.

So you're going to need some more practice at looking for KNIGHT FORKS.

You'll learn more about this later on, but KNIGHTS, although they're really cool pieces, are less valuable than ROOKS and QUEENS, and also less important than KINGS.

So if you get the chance to FORK any of these pieces it's probably going to be a good idea!

That's the end of the lesson, kiddo.

Your next job is to find some more KNIGHT FORKS.

And that means another REALLY HARD EXAM.

Sweet! I really like using weapons

Can I repeat the lesson first?

I'll do it later - I have to go now

I don't like FORKS: can I use a spoon instead?