Not Just An ‘Attacking Player’

A lot of players at club level like to think of themselves as ‘attacking players’ and will roundly reject the exchange of queens in almost any situation. Yet when you look at the games of some of the greatest ‘attacking players’ in history they often seem quite happy to do so if that’s the logical way to play the position. So something is amiss with their chess understanding, not that many will easily admit to this.

In the following game we see the great Alexander Alekhine exchange queens to reach a better endgame and then win in elegant style.