Questions tagged [minor-pieces]

The knights and the bishops are called the minor pieces, as they are typically weaker than queens and rooks.

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Is the exchange of a rook for two minor pieces really worth it?

I recently played a game with my friend I wish I had memorized the entire game, but, unfortunately, my memory isn’t too good. In summary, I was in a really tight position, and playing as black. I had ...
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Examples of harmony?

Recently my chess tutor used a word which in hindsight is very interesting: harmony. He mentioned I should not just develop my pieces in the opening, but develop them harmoniously. Since then, I've ...
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Why is the rook worth 5 points while the bishop is only worth 3?

Why is the rook worth 5 points while the bishop is only worth 3? Rooks only move straight, but bishops only move diagonally. Is there something that makes moving straight more to moving diagonally?
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Reasons why king and rook mate quicker than king, knight/bishop and bishop?

When I was very young I remember learning the point values of the pieces. And then I ran into something very confusing. I was able to learn king and rook vs king mates pretty easily, but king and 2 ...
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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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N vs. B ending, pawns on both sides

I had this position today, with White to play: [FEN "8/1p3kpp/p1n1p3/3p4/3P4/1P2B3/P2K1PPP/8 w - - 0 25"] What should White's plan be to try and win, and are there any particular pawn structures ...
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Can Black save this Knight vs Bishop endgame with a pawn down?

After playing horribly in the opening, my opponent played a couple of suboptimal moves which suddenly allowed me to exchange some pieces and get the following unclear position. I thought about giving ...
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How can black exploit this lead in development?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Ng5 O-O 6.Bxf7 Rxf7 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 I understand that black should aim for d7-d5 to open up the game, but what else? Are piece exchanges good or bad? Can I get a ...
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Did Richard Teichmann fail to take his “bishop pair” idea to its logical conclusion?

Playing Black in a game against J.R. Capablanca, Richard Teichmann accepted an isolated queen pawn as the price for getting a bishop pair On move 20, White played Nf5, attacking his black squared ...
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Are two knights generally worth less than two bishops?

A bishop and knight are considered to be about equal in value (three points each). There are even some (closed) positions, where a single knight is worth more than a "bad" bishop, although there are ...
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Is a bishop less than half the value of a bishop pair?

In valuing a rook, I observe that a rook on the open board commands 15 squares; his own and seven others in each direction. Divide by three and you get a value of 5. In valuing a knight, I observe ...
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Which are better, Knights or Bishops?

I have always thought Bishops were better - I know that a KBB vs. K endgame is easily won, whereas KNB vs. K is difficult, and KNN vs. K is impossible; but then again, some people prefer Knights. I ...
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What are the reasons why I should not try to take a Knight with my Bishop if it'll result in doubled pawns?

For instance, in the Ruy Lopez, after [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 why shouldn't I take the Knight? 4 Bxc6 dxc6 Now Black has a doubled pawn. It isn't a very popular line of play, ...