Know When to Exchange Chess Pieces || Positional Chess || #AskAChessMaster Ep 11

Today we learn some chess fundamentals on how to not blunder in chess when exchanging chess pieces with today’s chess lesson. Too many people exchange chess pieces without a care in the world, exchanging for the fun of it when in reality, it’s no good at all. Today I’ll be teaching you all to know when to exchange using 2 easy criteria.

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  1. Really they don't see that move?? I am a patzer and I saw it right away. So if I saw it to me that means most saw it. It's the only real logical move to me

  2. I will take the opponent's Knight with my knight because it double up his pawns ,block his bishop & expose his king

  3. I would take the knight because the bishop is currently blocked in by the knight and the d6 pawn, making it weaker, and if we take it the queen can recapture and connect the rooms, which is good for black. Also, the knight is a strong piece for black because it protects g4 and h5 which are squares the queen can use to attack the king, and protects h7 which is a common mating square for white. Also, it attacks white’s e4 pawn, so if we want to do a room lift we will need to protect the pawn with another piece.

  4. Okay, really good video and I'm sorry but I have to point out that at 1:52 it isn't a najdorf structure because the pawn from a7 never moved meaning that a6 was never played.

  5. Is it even good to take a piece? You have a stronger N than opponents. More active, so let him enxchange? His N blocks in his B

  6. Id take the bishop n pin the knight to the queen with bxf6

  7. I would say to take the bishop. When you think about it, black’s knight isn’t a threat and has no target. However, the bishop is a strong defensive piece for black. It's a battery with the queen, defends the d6 pawn, the knight, and the rook. So I would take black’s bishop which puts the king in check. Black has two options (I could def be wrong and just over thought this 😂):

    First, black recaptures with the queen. Then wouldn’t it best for white to play Ba3 pinning the d6 pawn to the queen? Then since the d6 square is seen by white’s queen now if black isn’t careful with how they proceed, and white captures the d6 pawn, it could lead to black potentially having their queen pinned to their rook.

    First possible outcome: For your one good piece: you captured a strong defensive bishop, a pawn, and created a threat/plan to possibly capture their queen or their rook.

Second, black moves the king out of the way to h8, which allows white to maybe play the move knight to g6 forking the rook and the king. If black captures white’s knight with either of their pawns, it leaves black with a double pawn weakness on the g file.

    Second possible outcome: Exchange of one good piece, you captured a strong defensive bishop and created a weakness to attack.

  8. I would say Bishop. When Queen retakes you can pin then pin the knight with the White's dark squared Bishop and pull The Kings pawns out of shape with the pin, weakening the defence around the King?

  9. I wouldn't take any them and instead let them take my knight, so I could take e4:d5. The reason is that the black knight's potential still is not high enough to let them free their bishop (just wasting a tempo, I can activate my bishop instead).

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