Is it always winning to win the exchange?

Jun 19, 2012, 4:16 PM |

I have played a recent game in which I had "lost" the exchange but continued with my plans and won easily. I had given the game and position to houdini to see where I went wrong in losing the exchange. It turns out my opponent's tactic was actually a mild innacuracy. It wasn't the losing move, but he ignored my counterplay and let me crush him. 


The problem with winning the exhcange was that black gave up a strong piece to win my sub-adequate piece


Here is another game which I won the exchange giving up a strong knight but never gave up my advantage.