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Chess is all about having the right pieces at the right places (position) at the right time. Therefore, one has to be very careful when he/she is exchanging chess pieces. Exchange of pieces will happen in all chess games and in all levels – from beginner to top grandmasters. You have to think more than once before going for an exchange – you have to foresee if the exchange will be really beneficial for you, because piece exchanges are more crucial than you think.
Today our Academy Manager Aggelos Kesaris has prepared a very instructive lesson on this topic. In this video lesson, he will share with you 4 tips to make the right piece exchanges, the ones that are beneficial for you. The tips are listed below:
1) In order to create a weakness for your opponent, you need to exchange his (strong/active) pieces/pawns, and try to open the position (files and diagonals) in order to create and exploit his weaknesses.
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2) Go for the pawn endgame (by exchanging pieces) ONLY if you are 100% sure about the continuation.
Should he exchange the rooks or not?
3) Try to exchange your bad pieces/pawns to your opponent’s strong and active pieces/pawns.
4) When you are ahead in material, exchange the pieces!
All these tips are explained with practical examples, including the game played between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov. You can watch the video lesson below: