16786 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I'm really sorry for this, blasterdragon, but did you actually count the pawns? Black is down a pawn, but up a minor piece at the end of that line. Also, Nxd5 is a known error and play usually continues 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Qa5.
yes so black is up two pawns since a knight is worth 3 is it not?
No. When talking about material imbalances, if you say Black is up two pawns, it means he has two pawns more than White. Otherwise you say Black is up a piece for a pawn, as in this case.
its alot easier to say black is up two pawns tho
It may be easier, but it's also completely wrong and no serious chess player will know what you're talking about. It might make sense to you, but if you think of material as having such a static value, it will hamper your chess progression. A knight for a pawn is not worth the same as two extra pawns. I would much rather have a knight for a pawn in most situations this early in the game, while two extra pawns could be totally useless in the form of isolated, tripled rook pawns, for example.
Expertise87 is correct of course.
A knight is not ALWAYS worth three pawns. That's why with any chart of piece values it will say "RELATIVE Value of the pieces." A White knight on e6 and a White knight on a1 are not of equal value. In fact, the same White knight on e6 is likely of greater value than a White ROOK on a1 with White pawns on a2 and b2 and a White knight on b1.
I feel like I've heard some masters use "pawns" in place of "points" in material on this website. I don't exactly do the same, but it seems interchangeable enough.
12/27/2014 - Levenfish-Ryumin, Moscow 1936
by tankster0434 a few minutes ago
by BillPhilip a few minutes ago
by kleelof a few minutes ago
French vs. The Sicilian
by AlexandraThessa a few minutes ago
Would it make any difference if Black moved first?
by SHIVAMSRI 3 minutes ago
Fried Liver Attack
by RadioactiveToys 5 minutes ago
I know when I am losing!
by LouisCreed 14 minutes ago
How many distinct chess games are possible, and which is the longest?
by watcha 20 minutes ago
If pawns had names, what would you name each pawn?
by Jace_lecraefan 21 minutes ago
Durable Chess pieces in Chocolate Mold
by MSC157 21 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!