The Value of Chess Pieces


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Bobby Fischer considered the knight to be worth 3 pawns and the bishop to be worth 3.25.  I independently came to the same conclusion, after first valuing the bishop as 3.5.  As evidence for this, a bishop and knight trade for a rook and a pawn is considered a bad deal.  Likewise, in most endings, two bishops are technically winning against two knights, although there are exceptions where the reverse could be true.  So the value of the pieces is very much position dependent.

My friend Al made a video about how valuable the knight can be in practical play between human players.