How to exchange pieces
Typical Plans in Opening, Middlegame and Endgame Positions
by Elisabeth Pähtz
Publisher: ChessBase, 2016
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. 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 h 35 min (English)
• With interactive training including videofeedback
• 2 CBM articles about the exchange
• Including ChessBase Reader
Elisabeth Pähtz: 2002 World Champion U18, 2004 Vice World Champion U20, 2005 World Champion U20, 2012 Vice European Champion in Blitz Chess, Member of the German National Team , since 2001 Woman Grandmaster (WGM), since 2004 International Master (IM)
System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.