If you take chess seriously, you will improve rapidly and start to face stronger opponents. From that moment on, the value of the pieces stops being static. You can no longer just dump your bishops because you like knights better. Nor will you get
away with sacrificing a piece for three pawns without a decent follow-up. You will also learn that randomly exchanging pieces usually only benefits your opponent, for two reasons:
- with every exchange you make, you improve his recapturing piece
- the easiest trades are your active pieces against his passives ones
Before you know it, your main concern is not only which pieces to exchange, but also when, where and how.
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