Again, Don’t Swap Off Your Good Pieces

I had the following position in a local league game.

I was White against a very strong player, and I had been a pawn down since the opening.

I saw a way to force a draw, and took it. In the process, I swapped off my good pieces for my opponent’s bad pieces.

I played 1. Bxa6 Rxa6 2. Rxa6 bxa6 3. h5 and we agreed a draw . because the position is totally blocked.

Rather than exchanging my good pieces for the poor pieces on a6 and a7, I should have played g5.

This doesn’t win outright, but it gives me a big advantage.

The moral is that if you have good pieces, don’t get rid of them without reason.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.