Pieces Exchanges are more Crucial than You Think!

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Pieces exchanges in chess are more crucial than you think. In some cases, it can even cost you a game! Let me illustrate this with an example. Check out the position below:

Black to play

We can see that Black’s position looks really good here. He has a very powerful bishop on the open diagonal g6-b1. He has a strong pawn-army at the center of the board. His knight has got a really good outpost at the center (d4 square). His rook looks good on c8, aiming to launch at the c-file. Only his dark-squared bishop looks a bit dull at the moment, but that too will become active once Black starts pushing his central pawns. Or he can even immediately switch to the h6-c1 diagonal in two moves (Bf8 and then Bh6). He can even double his rooks on the g-file. Clearly, he is at the driver’s seat.

Whereas, White’s rooks are yet to be developed. Not only his rooks, his knight is still in its initial square, b1. He has no pawns at the center of the board. It looks really difficult to figure out a plan for White.

But I’m going to tell you something really SHOCKING – Black lost this game. And the reason? Well, the reason is BAD piece exchanges! You can watch the video below and find out how Black lost this game after a series of a really poor exchange of pieces.

In addition to the example shown above, IM Asaf Givon shows another example, from a Grandmaster’s game, explaining how a bad exchange of pieces could be extremely bad to your position. Getting a strategically losing position after some bad piece exchanges can be even more painful than a position in which you are down in material, say a pawn or even a piece down.

You can watch the video lesson below, and believe me, this will change the way you think about piece exchanges in chess! 😊


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