Definition of minor piece in English:

minor piece


  • A bishop or knight.

    • ‘In particular, he focuses on pawn play and the minor pieces as well as the Exchange sacrifice.’
    • ‘Also important is the number of pawns on the board, especially when the minor piece is the knight.’
    • ‘So Black gets a rook and pawn for the two minor pieces plus pressure on the e and f-files.’
    • ‘These include pawn endgames with rook versus a minor piece and double rook endgames.’
    • ‘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.’


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