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Knights v. Bishops

These are notes I found while cleaning out my papers that I had forgotten I owned! I decided there was good information here, worth further study as I have forgotten much of this and the "why's" of most of this! Please feel free to comment!

Bishops

Two bishops can checkmate.

Bishops are more valuable later in the game when there are greater number of squares in which it can travel unimpeded.

The Bishop's value is measured according to how many squares it commands from a central location and how fast it can get there.

Because of the Knight's value in the beginning game due to its ability to move around and behind pawns, it is a strong offensive move to capture the Knight early in the game.

Bishops have more mobility as they can traverse the board more quickly.

A Bishop can stalemate a Knight.

A Bishop can command only 1 color at a time, and can only command that color.

The stronger the player becomes, the more value is placed on the Bishop over the Knight.

As pawns are removed from the board, the more powerful the Bishop becomes.

When your opponent ha a bishop, keep your pawns on its color. When you have a bishop, regarldess of what your opponent has, keep your pawns on the color opposite the bishop.

Knights

Two knights can not checkmate.

Knights are most valuable during openings for their center control and its ability to hop around and behind pawns.

Knights are more valuable towards the middle of the board where they require less moves to travel to where they are needed.

Because of the Knight's value in the beginning game due to its ability to move around and behind pawns, it is a strong offensive move to capture the Knight early in the game.

Knights are limited in their mobility as it takes several moves to move accross the board.

A Knight can not stalemate a Bishop.

A Knight can command only 1 color at a time, though it alternates with each move: Occupy a white square to cover black squares, then occupy a black square to cover white squares.

The weaker the player, the more terrible the Knight is to him.

As pawns are removed from the board, the less powerful the Knight becomes.


 

So, a Bishop is an advantage over the Knight, except in certain conditions:

  1. All the pawns are on one side of the board.
  2. The pawns are locked together so that they can not move.

Comments


  • 20 months ago

    shahhussainkcl

    re: downtown65

    I agree. Some advice definitely does help out people initially making their way in chess.

    With experience those guidelines get refined but pedagogic principles are the best way to start. I really like this list even though I take issue with a few points. Even that's a good thing. If I dispute a piece of advice then I'm forced to present clear justifiction. Basically, I'm forced to do some thinking.

    Definitely one of the better posts on chess.com.

  • 20 months ago

    kiwi

    Bishops all the way! 

  • 20 months ago

    downtown65

    i still think it's very helpful to beginner's like my self thanks for all the info...

  • 20 months ago

    CaptainPike

    Hmmm. My notes are flawed. I will edit them.

  • 20 months ago

    MrMars

    the third position, the white player can force a win

  • 20 months ago

    Master_Kaina

    agreed .. however, NEVER underestimate a knight even vs a stronger opponent! (i personally luv be'n tricky w/my knight even@endgame)

  • 20 months ago

    CaptainPike

    maybe, it's supposed to be this (as I said, these are old notes):

    In these situations, the Bishop is worthless:

    1. King, Bishop, v.  Pawn, King: Pawn queens on color opposite the Bishop.
    2. King, Bishop v. Pawn, King: Opposing King is in front of the Pawn.

    #1:








    #2:

  • 20 months ago

    CaptainPike

  • 20 months ago

    shahhussainkcl

    Ok. If that is correct then I need to challenge the second item:

    #2: King, Bishop, Pawn v. King: Opposing King is in front of the Pawn.

    as a situation where the bishop is useless. Surely if the bishop controls the colour of the queening square then it is very very useful.

  • 20 months ago

    CaptainPike

    Actually, i'm not sure ... I believe what it's trying to say is that the Bishop and Pawn together will force a checkmate against the lone King when the conditions exist.

  • 20 months ago

    shahhussainkcl

    Did you make a typo in your last two item list? Are they both meant to be "King, Bishop, Pawn v. King"?

  • 20 months ago

    CaptainPike

    LoL, and we STILL don't know what a "bad knight" is, LoL!

  • 20 months ago

    ventman

    Thanks Captain

  • 20 months ago

    shahhussainkcl

    :-)

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