Lessons on Positional Play - Part 4: Unusual Exchanges 2

Jul 22, 2013
23 min
GM Kaidanov has many useful maxims to help bridge the gap from amateur to master. One of them is to focus more on piece activity than pawn structure, especially in the middlegame. Here he presents a trio of unusual captures, whereupon the creative player intentionally ruins his pawn structure for positional reasons. The final example is from the world champion himself, and the calculation is deeper than most of us mortals can fathom!