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  1. 28 Feb '07 20:18
  2. Standard member Diet Coke
    Forum Vampire
    28 Feb '07 20:20
    The eternal question.
  3. 28 Feb '07 20:21
    I've always believed that bishops are more valuable (see my name) but a great chess player who I respect told me to always sacrifice a bishop to kill the oppenets knight.
    What's your guys opinion?
  4. Standard member Ragnorak
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    28 Feb '07 20:24
    knights r cool

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  5. 28 Feb '07 20:46
    Again, it depends on the position. Knights are better than Bishops in closed positions. Bishops are better than Knights in endgames with pawns on both sides of the board. Knights tend to be worse if they don't have advanced support points and Bishops tend to be bad if the are center pawns of it's same color.

    Personally, I prefer Knights over Bishops because they can attack in more directions and can jump pieces.
  6. 28 Feb '07 20:57 / 1 edit
    I don't know much of the lingo to chess. What's a closed position and a end game?
    So 93confirmed you would sacrifice a bishop to kill an opponets knight?
  7. 28 Feb '07 21:07
    Originally posted by bishops r cool
    I don't know much of the lingo to chess. What's a closed position and a end game?
    So 93confirmed you would sacrifice a bishop to kill an opponets knight?
    Closed position just means that most of the pawns are still on the board and the center of the board is cluttered. In this position, the bishops don't have much room to manuever while the Knights can move around more freely.

    End game basically means the end of a game where most pieces are off the board and conclusion is in sight. For example, two pawns and a King against three pawns and a King.

    Yes, I would capture an opponent's Knight if need be but it depends on the position. You shouldn't take it just because it's your turn to move.
  8. Standard member Ragnorak
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    28 Feb '07 21:08
    Originally posted by bishops r cool
    I don't know much of the lingo to chess. What's a closed position and a end game?
    So 93confirmed you would sacrifice a bishop to kill an opponets knight?
    There is no true answer independent of position.

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  9. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    28 Feb '07 21:13
    I think knights are better in the end game when there are plenty of pawns and weak squares on your opponents side of the board.
  10. 28 Feb '07 21:14 / 2 edits
    more often than not, a bishop is better... but on occasion a knight is more valuable because it is not restricted to one colour and can jump over other pieces in its way.

    If I had a choice to either have 4 bishops or 4 knights (instead of 2 of each) I'd say 4 bishops FOR SURE!

    Actually, I like them both equally.
  11. 28 Feb '07 22:10 / 4 edits
    If I had a choice between 3 queens or 1 queen and 2 rooks I would choose 3 queens for sure

    ... oh... sorry, dumb comment
  12. 28 Feb '07 23:13 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by bishops r cool
    If I had a choice between 3 queens or 1 queen and 2 rooks I would choose 3 queens for sure

    ... oh... sorry, dumb comment
    One queen does not equal one rook! but does one bishop equal one knight? The differences between a knight and a bishop are pretty blatant, but the equality between them is very subtle.
  13. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    28 Feb '07 23:21 / 1 edit
    It depends on the position.

    Sometimes Bs are even better than Rs

    Game 3172815 illustrates this point where my opponent offered me a rook (move 21) that I could not afford to take as my black B was far more important. I still lost!
  14. 28 Feb '07 23:32
    mabye you should of taken the rook...but as in turned out your b bishop died anyway!
  15. Standard member Ragnorak
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    01 Mar '07 00:28 / 4 edits
    Originally posted by ChessJester
    If I had a choice to either have 4 bishops or 4 knights (instead of 2 of each) I'd say 4 bishops FOR SURE!
    White to play


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