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Why is it better to control a vertical/horizontal than diagonal?

I'm not sure exactly what question you're asking, but here are a few ideas related to why rooks might be stronger than bishops: Bishops are easier to block with pawns. If a bishop sits on a nice open ...
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Why is it better to control a vertical/horizontal than diagonal?

I am answering the mathematically-oriented question why are rooks controlling more squares (the chess question of why are rooks better pieces is well-answered here: Why is the rook worth 5 points ...
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Why is it better to control a vertical/horizontal than diagonal?

Apart from the obvious advantages of the rook that you also mentioned (according to the rules of chess) I think your question boils down to this: Why is the bishop vs. rook on a chessboard different ...
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What is the name of the style this knight is in?

Ok, I think I've found some convincing enough images to solidify my comment as an answer. I don't see anything that looks exactly the same, but it looks very much like a knight from a Lardy chess set. ...
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Why is it better to control a vertical/horizontal than diagonal?

But I just cannot wrap my head around why controlling all squares in a cardinal direction is any better than controlling all squares in an ordinal direction. We can picture a world where they ...
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How much is the value of the wizard?

Considering that the Queen has the combined power of a rook and knight and her value is the combined value of the rook and knight; perhaps the wizard should have the combined value of all pieces since ...
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Why is it better to control a vertical/horizontal than diagonal?

The other answers here are great. Inspired by them, I came up with a mathematical reason. Basically, diagonal walls have holes because bishops are limited to half the squares. Define a move as a ...
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