Lesson 3 - Pieces' Value, Attack and Threat: Exercises

Even though exercises are not required, I recommend working on them.  They will help you grasp and practice the things you learn from the lessons more efficiently. You can certainly go back and sneak in the previous pages... but try first to answer the questions without going back. By doing so, you will make your memory work a bit and it is a pretty good thing to keep the memory working if you want to become a good chess player.

When you are done, you can use the Verify button to see you results. If you want to do the exercises all over again, use the button Do it again.

Questions

1.
What is the relative value of:
a) a bishop?
b) a rook?
c) a pawn?
d) a Queen?
e) a knight?
   
2.
In a material perspective, is it a good move to capture:
a) a bishop for a rook? Yes     No

b) a knight and a pawn for a bishop? Yes     No

c) two bishops for a knight and a rook? Yes     No

d) two rooks for a Queen? Yes     No

e) a rook and two pawns for
a knight and a bishop?  
Yes     No
   
3. Using this diagram, give the name of the squares where white pieces are attacked:

      

Which white pieces are attacked?
   
4. Using this diagram, give the name of the squares where black pieces are threatened:

      

Which black pieces are threatened?
   
For questions 5 to 9, you must find the threatened piece and indicate the method you have to use to eliminate the threat.  To identify the method, use the following letters:
a) moving   b) blocking   c) capture the attacker  
d) protect the threatened piece
 
5.
White to move:
a) which square the threatened piece is occupying?
 
b) which method must be used?
 
c) if the method is "moving", indicate the square on which the piece must be moved.  Otherwise, indicate the starting square corresponding to the piece used for blocking, capturing or protecting:
White to move
   
6.
Black to move:
a) which square the threatened piece is occupying?
 
b) which method must be used?
 
c) if the method is "moving", indicate the square on which the piece must be moved.  Otherwise, indicate the starting square corresponding to the piece used for blocking, capturing or protecting:
Black to move
   
7.
White to move:
a) which square the threatened piece is occupying?
 
b) which method must be used?
 
c) if the method is "moving", indicate the square on which the piece must be moved.  Otherwise, indicate the starting square corresponding to the piece used for blocking, capturing or protecting:
Trait aux blancs
   
8.
White to move:
a) which square the threatened piece is occupying?
 
b) which method must be used?
 
c) if the method is "moving", indicate the square on which the piece must be moved.  Otherwise, indicate the starting square corresponding to the piece used for blocking, capturing or protecting:
Trait aux blancs
 
9.
White to move:
a) which square the threatened piece is occupying?
 
b) which method must be used?
 
c) if the method is "moving", indicate the square on which the piece must be moved.  Otherwise, indicate the starting square corresponding to the piece used for blocking, capturing or protecting:
Trait aux blancs

  

Solutions are available here
(solutions contain detailed explanations for some questions...)

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