Which pieces to keep and which to exchange is one of the most important questions in chess. This is true in the opening, the middlegame and the endgame. Less experienced players often think exchanging means to swap pieces of equal value and fail to take strategic factors into account. Of course, you have to keep the material balance in mind but it is crucial to realize how exchanges affect the position. The „feeling“ for the right exchange – players like Capablanca or Karpov were unrivalled masters of this art – is something a chessplayer has to develop over time. This DVD wants to help to develop this „feeling“. On this DVD I want to pursue the questions related to „exchanging“ and to answer these questions with the help of instructive games to develop a „feeling“ for the right exchange.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.
I divided my lecture into four parts:
1) Structural aspects of an exchange
2) Exchanging when attacking or defending
3) Exchanging to realize an advantage
4) The exchange of queens
To exchange or not to exchange: that is the question!
• Video running time: 4 hours 35 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• 2 CBM articles about the exchange
• Including CB 12 Reader