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The exchange is the material advantage of a rook against a minor piece (a bishop or a knight).

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Exchanging pieces when up...not this time!

[FEN "8/ppk3pr/2n5/8/8/P7/1P1RK1R1/8 w - - 1 1"] 1. Kf3 Nd8 2. Rg6 Nf7 3. Kf4 Rh4+ 4. Kg3 Rh7 5. Rd5 a6 6. Rf5 Nd6 7. Rc5+ Kb6 8. Rd5 1-0 Played recently. I concluded that simply ganging ...
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This variation in Open Sicilian: why give back the exchange?

This is my first foray into the Sicilian from the perspective of black. So I'm messing around with the open Sicilian on my engine, in particular 4 ...Qb6 5 Be3 Qxb2. In this variation, apparently even ...
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Is there really a checkmate after 1... Bxf5?

This puzzle on chesstempo caught my eye. We play as Black: [FEN "1r1r3k/7p/5Pb1/p2BpRpq/1pP5/1P1Q4/P5RP/7K w - - 0 1"] 1.Rgxg5 Note: the solution is not quite important here, so no large ...
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Why does White play g5?

As a total newbie, I've been solving some medium-level problems on chesstempo. This one caught my eye. We play as Black after White's first move. [FEN "6k1/5p1p/5bp1/p7/P1r3PP/2n2N2/4NP2/1R4K1 w -...
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Why does Stockfish recommend this bishop exchange early on?

When reviewing my games on Lichess, I very often find the Lichess engine recommending to me to sacrifice the bishop early on after checking the enemy king. I have created a sample game where you can ...
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How should one play as Black vs. the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation?

As the title above states, how should one play as Black vs. the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation? In other words, after ` [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 (The Exchange ...
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Theoretically, why is 4. Bd3 NOT one of the best candidates in Caro-Kann?

I seem to find 4. Bd3 to be one of the best choices in Caro-Kann. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 My reasoning: White's light bishop can only develop to Be2 or Bd3. Be2 seems passive. ...
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Why is Bf5 good in this position?

I would like to know why playing Bf5, allowing White to exchange the white-squared bishops, doubling Black's pawns is good for Black. In such situation, castling on either side seems quite unsafe for ...
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When should you trade to prevent castling?

The main question I have is about a game I played. What do I need to know about how to take a piece so that my opponent's king can no longer castle? In the following game, I played Bxd2+ to do so. ...
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Why was castling bad for white in this game, and engine strongly prefered trading queens?

I'm a novice player, trying to improve. In the following game I played as white recently on chess.com, I analysed afterwards and my worst move of the game was apparently when I castled. The engine ...
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Is the exchange of a rook for two minor pieces really worth it?

I recently played a game with my friend I wish I had memorized the entire game, but, unfortunately, my memory isn’t too good. In summary, I was in a really tight position, and playing as black. I had ...
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When to (and when not to) play Bxc6 (i.e. BxN) as White in Ruy Lopez?

Inspired by this question: when should one play Bxc6, capturing the Knight, in Ruy Lopez? Related, but hopefully not a duplicate: this question, but it focusses on why Bxc6 isn't a popular move, while ...
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Would you exchange your queen for two rooks? [duplicate]

The question is general, not pinned to a particular position. But for example here is a self-fabricated position: [FEN "6k1/p4ppp/1r1r2n1/1N6/P7/3Q4/2P3PP/1K6 w - - 0 1"] 1. Qxd6 Rxd6 2. Nxd6
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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 - losing the bishop. - defending with the rook which would allow an exchange of my rook ...
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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 received I updated the main line (from pos 39). I post an update of this endgame. Now it is more clear that f7 is a weak point, and it is tricky for black to try to stop the two ...
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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 ...
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