Originally posted by Fat Lady
Very generally speaking, bishops are better in open positions and knights in closed ones. This means that if the minor pieces are asymmetrical then you should try to steer the position into one which favours the minor pieces you have.
It is also undoubtedly true that most players are better at playing with knights than bishops until they are a pretty goo that they have two bishops against a bishop and knight will give them a decisive advantage.
As correct as this is, I must edify.
The strength of the bishops is in relation to the ground it stands upon.
The position most certainly dictates the worth of each piece, however
a good player dictates the position, in order to create the advantage
of his pieces. A Knight can be worth more than a bishop, and a bishop
worth more than a Knight. This is simple and true. However, control
of the factors which dictate their worth, is priceless.
The bishop pair is a strength not to be overlooked. However, neither
is the strength of a pair of Knights. The relationships of all pieces can
be symbiotic, it is the conductors responsibility to initiate this
relationship. The existence of any relationship is not enough to make
it advantagous. It may become a courtesy, and not a weapon. The
relationship of the pieces is the well of its worth. Therefore A
players energy between pieces, is greater than the mere saviorry of