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  1. 11 Dec '07 05:56
    ...or two bishops? Simply put. What do you think? I've found myself in this situation on more than one occasion to be sure.
  2. Standard member Freidenker
    Mad scientist
    11 Dec '07 05:59
    Most of the time, bishops are better, especially in pair, they control more squares. Knights are more limited, they can are short-ranged.
  3. Standard member chessisvanity
    11 Dec '07 06:01
    I prefer the bishops....but the 2 knights can protect each other and having them protecting each other in the open center leaves a ton of possibilities for a fork or double attack.
  4. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    11 Dec '07 09:04 / 1 edit
    You can mate with 2Bs. You (generally) cannot mate with 2Ns.

    Bs can move from one side of an open board to the other much quicker than Ns in the end game.

    So generally in an open ending 2Bs are to be preferred.

    In a closed position it could be that the Ns are better as they can reach every where when a B might be restricted. If this can be converted into a material advantage then the Ns could win.

    ... but generally I would rate Bs as worth fractionally more than Ns and they should only be exchanged off if there is no alternative or if you create other weaknesses in your opponent. Doubled and / or isolated pawns can often be a sufficient weakness - the difference is that marginal.

    Weaker players often struggle against Ns because of their ability to fork and for this reason often perceive Ns as being a better more powerful piece and whilst it is true that a N fork can be a dangerous tactical threat experienced players are aware of it and modify their play appropriately.