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grunfeld 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Rook or Knight I am in a game now where I had a rook and a knight forked. If I had taken the rook I would then lose my bishop. I took the knight instead and kept my bishop. Was this the right thing to do?
steve_toyne 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Depends on the situation and dont let anyone tell you differently
grunfeld 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Steve:

Thanks for the response, I'm sure you are right. If the knight is checking the king or attacking a position it would have been an easy choice to take the knight.

My situation was early in the game where both the knight and the rook were not doing any damage.

My thinking was that if I take the rook and lose the bishop I end up with a +2 advantage. If I take the knight I end up with a +3 advantage. In addition I retain a piece and have superior numbers.

My fear though is that as the game progresses the superior strength of a rook will be telling.
jeffz_2002 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Ask again when your game is over and people will be able to comment freely on the pros and cons. As steve_t said, it depends on the situation, and commenting now might affect your game.
atrifix 41 ( +1 | -1 )
When considering material factors alone, a full piece is almost always worth more than an exchange (a piece for a rook). This is usually true even if you would get a pawn in addition to the rook, which would make the "numbers" +3 each; in almost all cases, the piece is still superior. Of course, you have to take the other factors of the position into consideration.
grunfeld 39 ( +1 | -1 )
jeff:

Is it considered bad form to ask about a move while the game is in progress?

I had already made the move before I asked the questions. Does that get me off the hook?

Artrifix:

That was my thinking, although I wouldn't have known that a piece would be better than a rook and a pawn in an exchange. I appreciate the validation from someone with 2000 + elo points.
jeffz_2002 63 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi again You're safe here, since you didn't ask details, it was more a general inquiry; but you shouldn't ask specific questions about any game while it's still running. Even if you've already made your move, a response a past position can spark new ideas for you, or may still partially apply to the current (albeit different) position. (I'm not a very good player, but give me a shout when the game's over and I'll try to explain my meaning using the specific example of your game - I'll do my best 1800+ impersonation for you).

(I'm not a member of the Gameknot Etiquette Police, so others may have different opinions ... and good luck in your game!)
grunfeld 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Jeff:

Ok, thanks, I'll look you up for a discussion after the game.