Knights facing forwards.

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Knights facing forwards.

Post by Kevin O'Rourke » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:16 pm

I always adjust the knights so that they face forward. Just seems a bit better in my brain that they should be facing the enemy.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by John Upham » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:21 pm

Do you adjust the Bishop's mitre slot?

What about the King's cross?

All of these are important factors for strong players.
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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Joey Stewart » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:02 pm

I like forward facing knights too , it feels more like they are looking towards the enemy rather then the subversive sidewards fashion some players choose to set up in.
Having said that, the sideways knights is infinitely preferable to the one forward and one sideways that some eccentrics choose (I usually like to "adjust" those)

Also, no matter how the knights are deployed have you ever noticed that they always end up facing forwards once they actually start moving, no mater what the player.
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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Kevin O'Rourke » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:07 pm

The knight is the most famous chess piece. People who have never played the game or know zero about chess still associate it with the game

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by David Williams » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:45 pm

Joey Stewart wrote:Having said that, the sideways knights is infinitely preferable to the one forward and one sideways that some eccentrics choose (I usually like to "adjust" those)
You adjust your opponent's pieces? What do you do if he adjusts them back to the way he wants them?

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:49 pm

Joey Stewart wrote:I like forward facing knights too , it feels more like they are looking towards the enemy rather then the subversive sidewards fashion some players choose to set up in.
I agree. I have experimented with having them pointed at my opponent's king, which may be a little over the top.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:57 pm

Some old 'knight orientation' confessions here. Best post is here.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Kevin O'Rourke » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:23 pm

Kasparov screws the pieces into the board when he moves.

I think the bishop is his favourite piece for doing that.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Michael Farthing » Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:08 pm

I was pleased to see that I am not alone in not only orientating my knights but also my bishops and king!

[I suspect I have an OCD trait too, before anyone makes the accusation/compliment].

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Nick Grey » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:28 pm

Lots of ways to upset certain opponents. Those that make adjustments ought to verbalize first. Those constantly may annoy near opponents.
Try the nuclear option & reverse their knights.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by MJMcCready » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:12 pm

Personally a poorly uniformed row of pawns on different parts of the squares used to bother me more than anything else.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Richard Bates » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:25 pm

Joey Stewart wrote:
Also, no matter how the knights are deployed have you ever noticed that they always end up facing forwards once they actually start moving, no mater what the player.
Er, rubbish.

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by John Clarke » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:32 am

Michael Farthing wrote:I was pleased to see that I am not alone in not only orientating my knights but also my bishops and king!

[I suspect I have an OCD trait too, before anyone makes the accusation/compliment].
And what about the four notches in the top of each rook? Do you prefer them pointing due N, E, S and W? Or NE, SE, SW and NW? Even harder question to answer for those old-fashioned sets where the rooks had six notches apiece ....
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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:36 pm

Oh dear! That had never concerned me. But now....

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Re: Knights facing forwards.

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:59 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:57 pm
Some old 'knight orientation' confessions here. Best post is here.
Returning to this old thread (and following on from the 'research' done by John Saunders - see second link above):

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/11/27/a ... -fortress/
Andrew McGettigan wrote:When adjusting their knights on the board, Caruana rotates them so that they face his opponent, Carlsen so that they offer their profiles, looking either left or right towards the centre of the board.

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