Bishops are extremely useful if played early on in the game. The fact that they move diagonally means that they are often overlooked compared to the more dramatic rook. Since each player's bishops move on separate- colored squares, losing one bishop can leave a player at a disadvantage with squares that cannot be used by the other. Bishops are generally considered to be slightly more useful than knights, particularly during the endgame, despite the fact that both pieces have the same point value.
|Bishop · King · Knight · Queen · Rook · Pawn|