Don’t Swap Off Your Good Pieces!

In a recent game, I saw a weaker player than me get a really good position. But then he decided to simplify to an endgame.

He made a positionally bad move and exchanged his good pieces for his opponents passive pieces.

In the diagram position, he could have played Ne4 , after which it is hard for his opponent to find a good move.

For example, Rad1 loses to Qxd1!

Instead, Black played Qd3 and White of course snapped up the opportunity to exchange the queens. His King position was very weak, but with no Queens on the board, Black has far fewer opportunities to attack.

The solution to last weeks’ problem is that White can draw with 1. Kd4 when Black cannot play a2 because of Bd4.

Steven Carr


Author: 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.