# Tagged Questions

Questions relating to the chess pieces

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### What is a “big pawn”?

I've seen the term "big pawn" come up a few times (such as here and here), but I can't seem to trace down an exact definition. What is it?
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### How to determine the value of a piece from scratch?

Assume we have a standard chess set setup, but we make a slight change so that (for example) pawns can now move two squares forward on any move rather than just on their initial move. Even assuming ...
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### Why is bishop slightly better than a knight? [duplicate]

While i was going through the chess piece values, Bishops is worth 3.30 points while Knight has 3.0 points. Although the 1/3/3/5/9 system of point totals is the most commonly given, many other ...
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### What animal would be related to chess? [closed]

I am a developer and blender artist. One of my current project ideas is a series of chess related animations (basic rules and advanced basics like skewer and such). These vids should be "moderated" ...
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### What's the average piece density?

In a position, the piece density is equal to the total number of pieces on the board (Whites pieces + Black pieces) divided by the total number of squares (64). At the beginning of every game, the ...
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### Minimum sets of pieces required for checkmate?

What are the minimum sets of pieces required for checkmate when the opponent has no other piece that the king?
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### Taxicab distance for bishops

I have two questions related to defining distances in chess. On this wiki page, this subject is briefly touched, by saying that the taxicab (also called Manhattan) distance is used for rooks, which as ...
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### Controlling the center versus occupying the center - What is the difference?

I would like to know if there are any general guidelines which help determine, at what moment to occupy a center square or to just control it? Are there any books or articles that anyone know of which ...
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### I need help identifying what kind of chess set I have… It's quite unusual!

I'm not sure if anybody can help, but... I have inherited a very unusual chess set, but I cannot find any information about it! I've been 'googling' for a long time! It is a Connoisseur set. It has ...
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### How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding.
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One aspect of my style in chess is that I like to trade a lot. Is trading too much bad?
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### How do I improve my checkmate skills?

I am able to develop my pieces systematically and purposefully. I am also good at defending my pieces. However, when the game gets closer to an end, I need to be able to see different mate variations ...
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### What are the characteristics of a good chess board?

I just read the question: What are some good quality magnetic chess sets? and I was left with a few more general questions: What is a comfortable board size for home vs travel? What height of chess ...
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### Chess set icons

I am looking for an examples of a free chess set icons. It would be nice if the place allow to download them, but this is not really important, as I will still need to redraw them in svg format. Just ...
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### Worth of a piece in time

Let us say that two players are playing each other. The are supposed to be in the same level (You can take that as an equal longtime ELO). They might be playing blitz, or rapid. But suddently, one of ...
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### Number of positions with specifically a number of pieces

Positions in Chess Games This is a question asked earlier on the site. Now I am wondering, what can be the number of positions for a certain number of pieces. Like 8 pieces for example. Is there a ...
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### Maximum number of non-pawn pieces on the board

In a reachable game, what is the maximum sum of queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and kings on the board? For queens only, see Maximum number of queens possible
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### How to craft a chess set?

I'm thinking to have fun this summer, trying to craft my own wooden chess set. Has anyone tried doing so? How should I proceed? What materials to buy? what guides to follow?
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### How many possible combinations for the number of pieces on the board?

My question concerns the total material available on the chess board (black+white pieces). At the very beginning of a game, there are 2 Kings, 2 Queens, 4 Rooks, 4 Bishops, 4 Knights and 16 pawns. ...
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### How many points is each chess piece worth?

I am a beginner at chess; please answer this for me: How many points is each chess piece worth?
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### What is the best chess piece? [closed]

I'm new to western chess and am still learning the rules and how the pieces perform. What is generally considered the best chess piece?
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### Do strong players move their pieces with different relative frequencies than weak players?

This question is an offshoot of Ramon Snir's earlier one about how often different types of pieces get moved, on average, in a game of chess. My question: Do the relative numbers of moves for the ...
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### Piece movement statistics

I have wondered about piece movement statistics, for example: How many times is a piece moved in average (in general, but also per-piece, as I'm guessing the Queen moves more than any specific pawn)?...