Sunday, May 6, 2007
What are the Gothic Chess pieces worth?
I am sure most people would agree that a Queen (Rook + Bishop) is stronger than a Chancellor (Rook + Knight) which is stronger than an Archbishop (Bishop + Knight), but when exchanging a mix of pieces, how do you evaluate them? I know the standard reply "it depends" can be painted with a wide brush stroke here, but let's foresake that approach and come up with some opinions of what a list of generally accepted values could be.
For example, in 8x8 chess, we have...
pawn = 1.0
knight = 3.0
bishop = 3.0
rook = 5.0
queen = 9.0
...as a standard, with some other rules thrown in, such as:
Add 0.5 pawns to the side with a bishop pair.
Subtract 1 pawn if you trade an active Bishop + Knight in the opening for your opponent's Rook + Pawn
Here are some things to think about before you toss out some numbers of your own.
Is a Queen >, <, or = a Chancellor + Pawn?
Is a Chancellor >, <, or = an Archbishop + Pawn?
Is an Archbishop + Knight >, <, or = a Queen?
Is an Archbishop + Rook >, <, or = a Chancellor + Bishop?
Is an Archishop >, <, or = a Rook + Pawn?
Is a Queen + Pawn >, <, or = an Archbishop + Bishop?
Some tough questions to ponder!