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The Value Of The Two Minor Pieces vs. Rook+Pawn

I'm sure that all of us have heard at one time or another that after

You should never play Ng5 and then play Nxf7, trading your 2 Minor Pieces for a Rook and Pawn. Although this is true, just hearing this is (hopefully) not enough to convince you that it is true. To fully understand chess, it's necessary to have more then just vague, cryptic explanations from stronger players. For example, if a 2400+ says something that you play is bad, but offers no explanation, then although he/she is most likely right, this information is not helpful, but only serves to confuse. The point is, whoever is giving the information needs to either make their point clear and concise (to the audience, not themselves) or not mention it at all because if it doesn't make sense, although the advice may help you in the short term, it can't replace true understanding. On to the title topic.

Here it is.
And now I will finally bring this instructive blog post to a conclusion by saying I hope 1.You have enjoyed my one of many instructive blog posts. 2.That you have learned something from this post. 3.That if you have enjoyed my post and/or found it instructive you will pass it on to your friends. 4. That you will let me know what you thought about my blog post, and give me any feedback/suggestions you might have.Also if you liked it you can 
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  • 16 months ago


    Well, in a general point of view, getting 2 Minor pieces for a Rook & pawn is certainly better.  That's what I was taught plus never give a damn about the points of the pieces.

    Nice post. :)

  • 17 months ago


    its great !

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  • 17 months ago


    I'm glad you all liked it.

  • 17 months ago


    That move 19. Qh4 was wild 

    Very good article...


  • 17 months ago


             Well . Good game .

  • 18 months ago


    thanks, your explain are good.

  • 18 months ago


    great one

  • 18 months ago


    its very good. I enjoed that

  • 18 months ago


    i like the analysis, but the trouble is when playing lower rated players, they never play the way you want them to, and the book moves go to the wall

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  • 18 months ago


    yea,i really like the way you  explained.

  • 18 months ago


    Good game. Thanks for the post. Regards.

  • 18 months ago


    good one

  • 18 months ago


    Sorry to say this maybe you will gett me wrong, but don't send this poor chess.. P.S. Com and give me a bishop and a knight i give you my queen and you will see how will end up, and analyze it with others then..qao take care

  • 18 months ago


    Thanks Pianoman, enjoyed it.

  • 18 months ago


    Thanks,i like it.

  • 18 months ago


    gr8 article with a nice example. Keep em coming... Wink

  • 18 months ago


    thanks a lot

  • 18 months ago


    Good thread.

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