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# What is the value of the king?

• #61

In the endgame, when the danger of checkmate has passed, the King has a fighting strength intermediate between Rook and minor piece... say, about four points.

• #62
blueemu wrote:

In the endgame, when the danger of checkmate has passed, the King has a fighting strength intermediate between Rook and minor piece... say, about four points.

Huh? If the danger of checkmate has passed, then the players should agree to a draw.

• #63

I have heard from various sources that if the king were a regular piece it would have a value of four pawns, somewhere between a bishop and a rook.

• #64

I have hear it said, that a king is worth between 5 to 7 points, in the endgame.

Very improtant to get that thing active.

• #65

there is an absolute value for the pieces and a relative one. in the case of the king, the relative one goes from zero at the begining and more and more valuable reaching the end game with fewer pieces on the board. check this article https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_piece_relative_value

• #66

Eric because you cannot.

• #67
WhiteMav wrote:

Eric because you cannot.

Doesn't that make the value of the king over 9000?

• #68
Nordlandia wrote:

FBloggs: i disagree.

Here the King is disguised as dark squared bishop. The dark squared bishop got captured earlier in the game. So the King steps in as a substitute. In this case the King is worth about 3 point.

Not a good disguise.  Looks like a king to me.

• #69

FBloogs: the king is performing combat duties responsible linked to the dark-squared bishop.

• #70

In the endgame. when the king can emerge from its fortress to take an active part in the game, he has
about the same value as a bishop or a knight. But if the king is checkmated, the game ends. It is, there-
fore, possible to sacrifice almost all of your pieces in order to deliver checkmate, so no true value can be placed on the king.

• #71

Invest in the King.

• #72
In terms of board strength, I'd say 4 points.
The emptier the board, the higher the king's worth.
• #73

LM_player.  Say you are playing a 1 hour game and the game, by your estimation and feel for the board state is about 1/4 over.  How many points is the King worth then?

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