Chess is a sport played by two. Each player gets to control 16 chess pieces – 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, and 8 pawns. Every piece moves and captures opponent’s pieces following certain rules of engagement. The value for each chess piece differs in accord to their level of important in the game as well as its capacity to capture opponent’s pieces.
Every piece is significant. It ultimately varies on their range of motion or the number of squares that the chess piece can move on to. The value of each chess piece changes depending on placement as well as the pieces that surround each.
The value of each piece increases as more chess pieces are eliminated from the board. The less crowded it is, the more powerful the remaining pieces become because it has expanded in range of motion.
Although the value of every chess piece varies over time, it carries with it an absolute value. The potential value is quantified by its range of motion alone on the chess board (without the other pieces affecting its total value). There is indeed a hierarchy to things – even in the game of chess.
Every piece increases or decreases too depending on the phase and pace of the game. Value points are relative. These points aim to assess the value of each piece strategically or depending on the point of exchanges. Here are the standard valuations for each chess piece:
- Queen – 9
- Rook – 5
- Knight – 3
- Bishop – 3
- Pawn – 1
The King’s value is considered undefined as it cannot be traded or captured in the course of the game.
What is the strongest chess piece? Players vary in opinion as to what the best chess piece is. Every piece is important but varies in significance or degree.
The second best chess piece for me is the Queen. Being a femme fatale, it is considered as the most powerful piece in the chess board mainly because of its wide range of mobility. It can move along files, ranks, and diagonals eating up opponents. She can move on as much space or squares as she pleases without forbidding. The Queen is most often used as a bait to lure the opponent into a dead end by way of a “queen sacrifice”. The Queen is also teamed up with a rook or bishop to intensify her power against the opponent. More so, the Queen is also used to threaten or intimidate the opponent’s Queen forcing her to retreat and break down animosity and power of the opponent.
The King still reigns as the best piece because he holds the most important position in the chessboard. He has limited movement but once captured – it’s the end of it all. Every piece is on guard to protect the King.
In the early times, the ancestor of chess – “shatranj” – excluded female figures in the board game. The male pieces dominated the table which means the female piece or what was referred to as “vizier” was considered a “weakling” – the weakest spot in the chain.
There was a power shift in the 15th century, giving equal power to women which also paved way to the reign of the Queen in chess. She holds formidable strength and considered to be a favorite piece.
Behind every successful man is a woman. This adage may prove to be true as this is exactly how the King and Queen complemented each other’s power in this medieval game of chess.