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Questions tagged [pieces]

Questions relating to the chess pieces in a general, abstract sense; questions about physical pieces (e.g. identification questions) should be tagged [chess-set] instead.

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Piece And Pawn Only Massacre Games

Just another theory thought of mine. I believe I have found the fastest way for each variation. Am I right or am I wrong? EDIT: Now a sub-category of Piece Massacre is open in which pawn captures are ...
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What is a good system to evaluate a Fairy-piece value? [duplicate]

I am creating a Fairy-chess game. Means a chess game with not classic pieces. What is a good strategy to evaluate chess values? What first comes to my mind is to value the pieces regarding to how ...
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Magnetic chess question

I'm a maker and I'm doing my own chess board. I want the board to be able to sense where are the pieces located, so my idea is to use magnetic sensors and magnetic pieces. I would like to just ask ...
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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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What is the minimum number of pieces needed in a chess set to account for all possible promoted pieces?

How many pieces would be needed in a chess set where all possibilities for promoted pieces are included if pawns are no longer used after they promote?
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Why is Rook worth 5 points but Bishop is worth 3?

Why is Rook worth 5 points but Bishop is worth 3? Rooks only move straight but bishops only move diagonally. Is there something that makes moving straight advantageous to moving diagonally?
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The genders of the pieces and pawns

Historically, what, if any, are the genders of the pieces and pawns? Is the king male and the queen female, etc? What about promoted pieces?
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The number of possible moves in Chess

Question is related to chess computing about number of possible moves in chess. I'm not talking about the number of possible positions but about the number of ways a piece can go from one square to ...
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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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Jin chess pieces, how to obtain higher resolution?

There are a set of good chess piece graphics at: https://code.google.com/p/raptor-chess-interface/wiki/AdditionalChessSets. In particular, I'm interested in the graphics used by the Jin Chess client, ...
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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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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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Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?

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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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

What is the number of legal positions in a chess game? 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 ...
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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 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)? ...
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Why are rooks better than knights?

Generally, rooks are considered to be much better than knights. Why is that? Is it a myth or are they really better? Are there situations where a knights may be better that a rook? I usually think ...
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Relative value of chess pieces on queenside vs kingside

I've read a few variations on the relative value of chess pieces ( Q=9, R=5, N=3, B=3, P=1 ), but I've yet to encounter a variation in value according to the side of the board the piece is on. With ...