Definition of minor piece in English:

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minor piece

noun

Chess
A bishop or knight.
Example sentences
  • Also important is the number of pawns on the board, especially when the minor piece is the knight.
  • His two bishops are potentially very strong (and his dark-squared bishop already the best minor piece on the board), and white's g and e-pawns are targets.
  • So Black gets a rook and pawn for the two minor pieces plus pressure on the e and f-files.

Origin

Early 19th century: named in contrast to the rook or queen.

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Syllabification: mi·nor piece

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