Piece values

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soheil_hooshdaran
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Piece values

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:08 pm

Hi.
What's the basis for assigning numerical values 1-3-5-9 to pieces?

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Re: Piece values

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:07 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:08 pm
What's the basis for assigning numerical values 1-3-5-9 to pieces?
Lost in the mists of time I should imagine.

It seems to work as a broad rule of thumb for a basic evaluation. The earliest writings on chess theory were by Philidor and then later by Staunton. Did these authors propose theories of piece value?


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Re: Piece values

Post by Michael Farthing » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:08 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:07 pm
soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:08 pm
What's the basis for assigning numerical values 1-3-5-9 to pieces?
Lost in the mists of time I should imagine.

It seems to work as a broad rule of thumb for a basic evaluation. The earliest writings on chess theory were by Philidor and then later by Staunton. Did these authors propose theories of piece value?
Staunton: The Chess Players Handbook Chapter 4

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Pawn    1.00
Knight  3.05
Bishop  3.50
Rook    5.48
Queen   9.94

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Re: Piece values

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:41 pm

"Chess:from beginner to GM" gives it the following way:
1-3-4-8

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Re: Piece values

Post by Francis Fields » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:17 pm

There use to be a chess website out there that I can no longer find. Someone had analysed games with material imbalances and calculated the following:

pawn 1.00, knight 3.25, bishop 3.5, rook 5.0, queen 9.75.

I have seen an old chess book that says bishop plus one and a half pawns equals a rook. There is another chess book that says queen is worth 9 or 10 points.
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