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Friday, July 1, 2011

Strategic Approach to Exchanging pieces in Chess

Botvinnik – Donner, 1963

image  White to move. Black just played 24… Rc8-a8. Should White exchange rooks?

A long time ago an experienced chess master gave me an advice on how to achieve better positional understanding: in every position – think about what pieces you want to keep on the board, which ones you want to exchange, and why. This example from one of Botvinnik’s books is a great illustration of that point.

The entire game is a great strategic display, you can see it in more details here:

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