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Bishops have more range, but knights can trap pieces in ways that others aren't able to. I've always struggled with what I'd rather surrender first. Tough call, I think.

If grandmasters give different answers, it's definitely a tough call. I think it really just depends on your playing style or setups that you play. Seems to me like bishops are more valuable early and late (after space returns to the board), whereas knights are stronger in the middle-game, after they are developed but while there's still quite a bit of congestion on the board.
 

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I agree Chuck although I’d say all knights early since they aren’t deterred as much by pawn structure. Also seems like a lot of other factors come in to play like experience of the player and opponents. It’s harder to see the board in regards to knights when you first start playing. Easy to underestimate their sneakiness.

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This is somewhat related but something I’ve been thinking about lately. Considering pawn structure, it seems like in order to defend themselves that they invariably almost all land on either light or dark squares. So one bishop either ends up mostly useless behind your own pawns unless you send it out early and block it’s return. So better to have that bishop out front or leave it behind to defend the back most pawns?
 

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I agree Chuck although I’d say all knights early since they aren’t deterred as much by pawn structure. Also seems like a lot of other factors come in to play like experience of the player and opponents. It’s harder to see the board in regards to knights when you first start playing. Easy to underestimate their sneakiness.

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I meant really early - like with the Scholar’s Mate and such.
 

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The knight is the only piece that cannot be blocked. A check from a knight removes 1/3 of your options: block, move, remove checking piece.

A queen and a knight working in tandem is far more powerful than a queen and a bishop.

However, as with most chess games, it's situational it depends on position and tactics.

Long term, I prefer bishops but a knight dancing all over the place can be devastating.
 

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I had surgery today and I’m all narc’d up.

Like a wounded animal in the jungle.
 

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i haven't been playing. i know a few people sent requests, but i think they expired.
 

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zeetes challenged me to a 3-day game, made one move and then lost on time. 😂
 

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