Beyond the Material: An Example of How to Assess a Chess Position

Beyond the Material

When we first learn to play chess we are taught that every piece¬†has a numerical value. However, what we aren’t told is that those “values” aren’t a mathematical absolute.

For example, a pawn is “worth” 1 point, however, if you have two connected passed pawns on the 6th rank it is considered equally as valuable if not more valuable than a rook — which is valued at 5 points.

Many times a knight, with a standard value of 3 points, on an outpost deep into your opponents territory is said to also be worth a rook.

So how do we know the true value of our material? The short answer Read More