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Why do points matter in trading pieces?

The point system in chess gives a rough indication of how strong each piece is. So the short answer to your question is, yes, a rook is more valuable than a knight, and so in the vast majority of ...
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Trading queens in the opening

There is not opening that usually paves the way for a queen trade. There are plenty of specific lines that allow for it, but it takes cooperation from your opponent. The first line that comes to mind ...
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Why would you want to trade pieces?

There are a few classic reasons which tend to make exchanging pieces favourable. None of these are absolute; in any given position, short-term tactical considerations may dominate. But you might like ...
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Why do points matter in trading pieces?

Just to put a point on this: Does the fact that the knight is worth 2 less points than the rook make it less valuable? This is looking at it upside down. What matters in an exchange is getting ...
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Why doesn’t the computer like my odd queen trade?

Losing an exchange is itself enough to make the move weak. You go from being up R+P for N, which is a winning advantage, to up just one pawn with opposite color Bishops, which could often be drawn. ...
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Why would you want to trade pieces?

Trading pieces thoughtlessly is bad. As you say, it wastes a move. Good players trade pieces when it gives them an advantage like exchanging a passive piece for an active piece or when a piece is ...
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Trade a bishop in the opening

With each of the trades that you mentioned, it is not just a B for N. Beyond that, the side giving up the B also doubles the other side's pawns, but it is still deeper than that. In each case, the ...
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Trade a bishop in the opening

In general there are two scenarios in the opening where one side might want to exchange one of their bishops for a knight. The knight controls key squares in the center which are being contested. In ...
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When is it a good idea to trade pieces in the endgame?

General rule: If losing, trade pawns. If winning, trade officers. Specific rules, as always in chess: Black controls the only open line - big time. One argument more for not trading. Both kings are ...
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Why was castling bad for white in this game, and engine strongly prefered trading queens?

Castling (9. 0-0) is not a very bad move. You still have a very solid advantage after it due to being a pawn up and having the better pawn structure (black's pawns on a7, c7, c6 are weak and ...
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Trade a bishop in the opening

First, you should never say "X is worth Y amount of pawns". You could think in terms of it being worth ABOUT that amount all things equal, but never make assumptions about exact values. The position ...
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“Rating” going up too fast

I'd say you shouldn't worry about your rating at all and that you should welcome being paired with stronger opponents, because you'll learn more from those games - even if you don't spend more than a ...
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Trade a bishop in the opening

Very good question! This illustrates a deeper conflict between chess "principles" and "practice" I have learned the bishop pair is worth a half pawn Very dangerous piece of advice here! That is ...
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Why would you want to trade pieces?

Not all advantages in chess are material. You may want to trade pieces to gain other sorts of advangages. You're often not really wasting a move, since your oppoenent will also waste one of their own ...
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Openings that reach endgames?

There's a "drawing line" in the Petrov Defense for White: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 {Black has to play this or 6. d3 wins a piece} 6. d3 Nf6 7. Qxe7+ Playing 7. ...
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When should I trade into opposite colored bishops?

Opposite-colored bishop endgames aren't always drawn; it depends on the pawns. The drawish aspect comes from the fact that either bishop can halt a passed pawn in its tracks, and the opposite bishop ...
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When should you trade to prevent castling?

The problem with that move is a number of things. You gave up the bishop pair. His attack on your king is stronger than yours on his king, and you traded off a defender. You have no time to go after ...
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Why was castling bad for white in this game, and engine strongly prefered trading queens?

9.Qxd8 followed by 10.Nxc6 wins you another pawn. Meanwhile, 9.0-0 gives Black time to protect the c6-pawn. Given this, 9.Nxc6 is almost as good as 9.Qxd8 for the same reason (winning a pawn). ...
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“Rating” going up too fast

Currently, I see that the opponents make blunders sometimes, so my “rating” is not entirely reflective of my progress Why do you think so? If you make fewer blunders than your opponents and/or are ...
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Understanding when it's OK / not OK to trade off the fianchettoed bishop

A weakness is only a weakness if it can be tortured by the opponent. In example 1, White has already castled, so Re1-e4-h4, Q-d2-h6 seems to be the only way to bring on some scary firepower against ...
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Why was castling bad for white in this game, and engine strongly prefered trading queens?

As already pointed out by user1583209, 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Nxc6 followed by Nxe7+ wins an extra pawn. However I wouldn't say that trading your knight Black's dark-squared bishop is good for you because of ...
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How to gain material by trading pieces?

Not really an answer but as you can't put pgns in comments: While labelling tactical ideas helps in learning beware of putting them too much in separate boxes, they tend to blend into each other. For ...
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How to gain material by trading pieces?

Substitution would be another. With a trade/capture, you can set up another tactical motive like a skewer or a fork. In the position below (taken from the ChessTactics link above), Black wins an ...
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Josh Waitzkin on trading pieces ('the art of the trade')

Since you explicitely requested an answer... I don't own that Waitzkin book, but merely judging from your excerpts his pedagogical talents are as doubtful as White's position here :P First of all, ...
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Josh Waitzkin chessmaster mastery quiz - spatial advantage, trading bishops

Josh says f5 ... Is Josh wrong about f5? Yes, although black's position is terrible in any case. If we look at the initial position and try and assess a number of things are immediately obvious: ...
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Understanding when it's OK / not OK to trade off the fianchettoed bishop

In the first position you mentioned, I'm guessing the reason why the engine recommends Bg7 is because Re8 weakens the f7 pawn, which could conceivably get loose later on. In the last position, before ...
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Trading bishops

First, note that It is well-known that a bishop pair is stronger than a bishop and a knight or two knights. is wrong, strictly speaking. Wheter either of these combinations is strongest depends on ...
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Is Shredder just making a mistake or is there a strategy here?

Chess computers have the ability to beat any human player with extreme ease, so in order to give you a chance and make the game interesting, they need to play bad moves on purpose. The problem is that ...
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Which chess openings trade the most pieces?

in the gurgenidze variation of the accelerated dragon, all pieces are exchanged off except white's two bishops, and typically a bishop and a knight for black. white has a nice space advantage, but ...
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