Relative value

For exchanges


  • 4 years ago


    Before making exchanges think about the relative value of the pieces. Is your piece in a better position? Are you trading a good bishop for a bad one? In this game the exchange of bishop for knight on move 14 was unnecessary. After the exchange there was a ready made target for the opponent on h2 which had to be dealt with and wasn't. Visualize how the position will end up after the exchange. You have to weigh the pluses and minuses and not just exchange for the sake exchanging. Also, neglecting exchanging when it is in your best interest to exchange is just as bad. You may never get another chance. When causing your opponent from castling, in general don't trade queens. It is easier to find mating opportunities when the queens are on the board. Time management is important during the game. If you find your opponent in time control problems and you are at a disadvantage in the game, try and make is too late to think about the best move...sometimes a reactive move to make your opponent think and eat up more time on the board can work to your advantage.

  • 4 years ago

    IM attilaturzo

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