The exchange is the material advantage of a rook against a minor piece.

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Why sacrifice the rook?

[Title "White to move"] [FEN "1r3rk1/1p4bp/p2p1q2/2pPn1p1/B1PnRp2/PPN2P1P/2QB2P1/3R2K1 w - - 5 27"] This is a diagram from the game between Del Rey, Diego and Efimenko, Zahar on the Zalakaros Chess ...
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Extreme effort to keep a pawn backward

I'm currently studying chess strategy, and I can across an example of backward pawn exploitation that I do not understand. The book I'm reading suggests 1... Rd5 to keep the d4 pawn backward. Doesn't ...
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B+N worth R + how many pawns?

Purely by piece counting, B+N is worth R + 1P. But I've seen lots of time when the exchange favours the side who holds B+N. In one variation of Scotch, white exchanges R+2P for B+N and is still slight ...
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Piece down vs rook for bishop exchange

I was recently in a situation in which my bishop was pinned with my queen behind it and my only options were - loosing the bishop. - defending with the rook which would allow an exchange of my rook ...
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was this sacrifice a good one

upon reviewing a game I played. I stared to feel bad about exchanging my attacking bishop for his useless one but I believe that I had no other choices so I want you opinion about what was to be done ...
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Is the bishop pair and a pawn equivalent to knight and a rook?

In theory, rook (5) + knight (3) = 8 points. And bishop (3.25) + bishop (3.25) + pawn (1) = 7.5 points. For example, do you think black is better in the following scenario or do you believe white ...
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Interesting Ending Knight + pawn vs Rook - main plans (white and black)

From the feedback recieved I updated the main line (from pos 39). I post an update of this endgame. Now It is more clear than f7 is a weak point, and it is tricky for black try to stop the two menaces ...
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Can this exchange-down endgame be explained succinctly?

I am interested in the following exchange-down endgame (assume White to move): [fen "6k1/5ppp/8/8/1r6/5KP1/5P1P/5B2 w - - 0 1"] In particular, I am wondering whether this is objectively drawn (my ...