In learning chess from Stevens in "Knight's Gambit," Mallison diligently employs "the orthodox opening which his uncle insisted on" (191), and Stevens's initial courtship of Melisandre Backus also follows this Modern policy, eschewing any intimation of the Hypermodern Knight's Gambit: his inflexible approach displays little of the dynamic character associated with Knightly vaulting.
Stevens's opening gambit in the courtship of Melisandre has been successful, but his midgame rests on keeping his betrothed at some distance removed.
13) If Stevens's pre-European courtship of Melisandre had been anachronistically chivalrous, then Harriss's opening gambit is bluntly Hypermodern.
Harriss's opening gambit, which secures a marriage that produces two children, has triumphed over the success of Stevens's earlier orthodoxy.
As lay Watson notes, "Faulkner opens Knight's Gambit with a story in which reality marches obtrusively into the law office, revealing it as an important locus of detection in its own right" (144).
In "Knight's Gambit," the reader must ponder the bedrock of Stevens's post-Harriss actions alongside the false leads that Max Harriss and his sister lay; in short, the reader must consider whether the lawyer wishes to prevent murder by disrupting Max's plan against the Argentinean cavalry officer Sebastian Gualdres and, as a fillip, attain kingship by marrying Melisandre, or vice versa.
Within the major chronotope depicted in "Knight's Gambit," therefore, is a chess correlative in keeping with Faulkner's completion of the tale in 1948.
Justice as He Saw It: Gavin Stevens in Knight's Gambit and Requiem fora Nun.
The Game of Chess as a Model for Style: William Faulkner's 'Knight's Gambit.
1) I treat this topic at greater length in my book Faulkner's Gambit (2011).
Saunders Redding's "Knight's Gambit Annoys, Impresses" for the Providence Sunday Journal pull many punches.
9) Thus, despite his reservations, Redding too recognizes the stature of "Knight's Gambit.
A Gambit Declined occurs if the opponent refuses the proffered Pawn.