Profitable Exchange

Jan 4, 2014, 10:23 PM |

KLA Chess Club (Keiller Leadership Academy), is a Title I, K-8 Charter School located in southeast San Diego. Chess class has been implemented as an everyday, in school class for middle school students.

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The following lesson is taken from the Dutch KNSB training series by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden

In this lesson, sometimes it is ok to give up one of your pieces in order to take one of your opponents pieces that is more valuable.


The more range a piece has, the more valuable a piece is. While bishop has more squares to move to, it doesn't have the ability to jump over pieces like a knight.
To know about how valuable a piece is, the following is a point value of the pieces:
Pawn: 1 point
Knight: 3 points.
Bishop: 3 points
Rook: 5 points
Queen 9 points
King: No value can be placed on him.
It should be noted that the point value is important when considering which pieces to exhange for. However, the ultimate goal of the game is to win by checkmate, not by total number of points.
See if you can solve some of these puzzles to test your knowlege of profitable exchange.
In conclusion, it is very important to know the point value of each piece.
* It is ok to lose a piece, if it means gaining a piece or position that is more valuable than the one you gave up.