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Understanding when it's OK / not OK to trade off the fianchettoed bishop

In this position: [FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bc4 d6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.O-O b5 7.Bb3 b4 8.e5 bxc3 9.exf6 Bxf6 10.bxc3 O-O 11.Bh6 According to the lichess database, the most common move ...
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Why does White trade off into an endgame in the main line of the Hungarian Defense?

I'm having trouble understanding the point of White's play in this variation (specifically 5.dxe5): [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Be7 4. d4 d6 5. dxe5!? dxe5 6. Qxd8+ Bxd8 Why does ...
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When should you trade off a piece that's defended by two pawns?

In some openings, i.e. the Stonewall Attack / Maroczy Bind, the opponent gets an iron grip over a particular square (e5 / d5) by controlling it with two pawns, and they can stick a knight there. ...
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In the shown position, should I push pawns or trade material?

In the following (now finished) game, I was unsure at this point how to proceed. One thought was to take the pawn at d4 with the rook, in order to entice a rook/rook trade since I'm up on material. ...
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Josh Waitzkin chessmaster mastery quiz - spatial advantage, trading bishops

Based on: Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 7 - the mastery quiz. Position: [Event "From Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 7 - the mastery quiz"] [Site "?"] [Date ...
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Josh Waitzkin on trading pieces ('the art of the trade')

Based on: Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 6 "The Art of the Trade." A video can be found here. [Event "From Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 6 'The Art of the Trade'...
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Why would you want to trade pieces?

To preface this, I am very new to chess. I knew the rules for years but I started actually taking the game more seriously and learning strategies just over 2 weeks ago. One thing I consistently see in ...
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Why do points matter in trading pieces?

I am a beginner in chess and I am following the tutorials on Chess.com and reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess. In the tutorials about capturing pieces, it is common to count the points in ...
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Trading queens in the opening

Which standard openings in chess usually pave the way for an early queen trade in the game? In other words, which opening has a high probability of exchanging the queens in the opening itself? Does ...
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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 doesn’t the computer like my odd queen trade?

I played a game as Black some months ago on chess.com in which I made a rather amusing, in my opinion at the least, queen trade. I won the game in the end, but only after being a bastard and promoting ...
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Trade a bishop in the opening

In several openings white or black trades a bishop for a knight (Ruy Lopes exhange, Sicilian Rossomilo, Nimzo Indian etc). I have learned the bishop pair is worth a half pawn, and I have difficult to ...
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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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When should I trade into opposite colored bishops?

This is something that always confuses me. If I have an edge, I may trade and the game becomes drawish. If I am down, I seem to trade and I get ground down. I'm aware of things like potential ...
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When and why should I trade minor pieces?

After looking at bishop placement and bishops compared to knights i came to the following question: When would it be beneficial to trade a knight for a bishop, or vice versa? This includes the ...
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How to gain material by trading pieces?

So, I am learning the basics on trading pieces, but can someone please give me tips on the "Art of trading pieces with material gain". I know a concept called overloading, but are there any other ...
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Which chess openings trade the most pieces?

The goal here, albeit heterodox, is to bring the game into a position with few pieces on the board, where yourself as a player has forced the other to trade all your major pieces, leaving both in a ...
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How do you know whether to trade one of the rook pairs in an endgame?

I've been reading Endgame Strategy. I've seen, in a lot of the games, trading one of the rook pairs can help. There is a chapter in the book called the 'Problem with Exchanging.' I don't know how to ...
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Trading off two rooks for queen and pawn

I have hardly if ever seen 2 rooks being traded off for queen and pawn (or for just queen) in common games. Under what conditions is this trade-off advisable? Why is it fairly uncommon?