Knight and King vs Queen and King

Chess Asked by Udit Pandey on October 3, 2020

Can the knight and king in anyway mate a queen and knight?

I was recently playing a game which I lost. The player with the king and queen was playing suboptimally. On the last move I captured a pawn with the queen since I was low on time.
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2 Answers

As far as I know, regardless of the opponent's skill or number of pawns/pieces, it is impossible to Checkmate using only a knight and a king, since the knight can't cover enough squares to completely block the opponent's king.

Hope this helps.

Answered by AJ2599 on October 3, 2020

No. The problem is that the queen covers too many squares.

Consider this (illegal) checkmate position with king and 2 knights vs king and queen:

[fen "kq6/2N5/KN6/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]

If you remove either knight then the queen can take the other one.

Answered by Brian Towers on October 3, 2020

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