Bishop AND Rook versus Queen

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During the infrequent times that I am asked to do a simul at a middle school or high school, I am sometimes asked “would I trade my Queen for a Bishop and a Rook“. I respond, of course, that it depends on the position and that there are very few absolute rules that govern the game we all love.

In the following position reached in a 3 minute game at the internet chess club, two Rooks and a Bishop prove to be stronger than a Rook and Queen. Kriegspiel playing out of the United States, seemed confident that the material imbalance favored him.

Black won the game on time leaving the question unanswered. I let the machine evaluate the position and it “claimed” Black was better by 1.6 pawns whatever the hell that means?!?

There are at least a couple of reasons the second player should win. Black will win the pinned e4 pawn at no risk AND the d6 Bishop is a peerless dark squared laser beam.

The big reason I threw this post together is that so many class C players and below will NOT part with their Queen come hell or high water.  Please read Jeremy Silman’s and Jonathan Rowson’s work on the slippery and erudite notion of material in chess. I moved up almost two classes once I recognized the positional and psychological value of sacrificing the exchange and the general concept of “parting with material” for positional gain.

Bishop AND Rook Versus Queen
Bishop AND Rook Versus Queen
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