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Questions tagged [material-balance]

For questions about material (im)balances, which happen when each player has different pieces on the board, e.g. a Bishop vs. a Knight or an exchange (Rook vs. minor piece). Use this tag only if it's the main topic of the question, not just because it contains a position with a material (im)balance.

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How is a game of chess won?

My understanding is that there are basically two ways in which a game of chess is won. (1) One side gives (or forces) checkmate, regardless of material situation on the board. He may be in material ...
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How to objectively explain a positional advantage is worth a sacrifice (re: a specific example)

I was given the below position in the US chess magazine. Author said this position is "hopeless for black". Lichess engine says 1.5 advantage for white. Why? I understand "piece points" are only a ...
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When is a bishop stronger than a rook?

Usually the rook is stronger than the bishop. Are there situations (and obviously I'm not assuming equal material) in which the latter is stronger?
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B+N worth R + how many pawns?

Purely by piece counting, B+N is worth R + 1P. But I've seen lots of time when the exchange favours the side who holds B+N. In one variation of Scotch, white exchanges R+2P for B+N and is still slight ...
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How to exploit the advantage of a bishop over a knight?

Occasionally in a tournament game I will find myself with a material imbalance of BvN or BBvBN in a situation where I know the extra bishop should be superior (center cleared of pawns, pawns on both ...
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Is my decision correct?

I always gave up when I have exactly a king, one knight, and one bishop, while my opponent had a king, one rook, one/two knights, and two/one bishops (respectively). Is my decision correct, because I ...
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Which are better of these two pairs

Which give me more advantage two Knights or two Bishops ?. And what should I choose two Rooks or a Queen ?
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Is there a forced mate/ winning advantage?

Recently I played a game in a High School league match as the top board. I played f4 followed by d5 (very standard). I played passively and waited out his attack and soon gained the momentum. At ...
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What is sufficient mating material?

The FIDE chess rules describe that "The game is draw when a position is reached from which a checkmate cannot occur by any possible series of legal moves" (FIDE rule 9.6). This rules is sometimes ...
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How many materially equal positions are there?

Reading about the Shannon number, I see that there are about 1043 positions in chess, but how many of them are even? That is, materially (as an approximation). A position with one king vs 8 pawns and ...
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When is a Queen stronger than two Rooks?

Two Rooks are stronger than one Queen. Let's assume that the material is equal, except that one player has a pair of Rooks while the other player has a Queen. In what situations is the Queen stronger ...