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Ideal Values and Practical Values (part 1). A discussion of the values of chess pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
David Paulowich wrote on 2008-04-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

10x10 BOARDS: See Opulent Lemurian Shatranj for my opinion on the values of some of Joe Joyce's favorite pieces, including the General, which moves like a nonroyal King. See Unicorn Great Chess for Chancellor and Queen and Unicorn.

At the end of my Notes to Rose Chess XII are some brief comments on my theory of relative endgame values of pieces on a 12x12 board. I like to hold the Knight constant at 300 points on all boards. Rooks and Bishops increase in value on the larger boards, while one-step pieces like the General, Silver General, Gold General decrease in value. Pawns have constantly shifting values during the course of a game - it is simplest to just assign 100 points value. For what its worth, I have also considered: Rook = 700 points on a 16x16 board, Knight = 300 points, General (also called Commoner) around 275 points. These values are obtained by multiplying the 8x8 values by 1.4 for pieces with limitless range and 0.7 for one-step pieces.