Originally posted by mickeytI always take the opportunity to win the exchange (my B for their R) unless I can see an extremely good reason not to. The reason has to be really, really good though. The Rook in endgame is much stronger than the Bishop.
Before I started playing on RHP against limited range of opponents I used to swap my bishop for an opponents rook at every available opportunity. However lately I feel this is not neccesarily a good idea.
Obviously it depends on the situation but losing a bishop seems to cut down on my attacking options quite dramatically while leaving my opponents attac ...[text shortened]... to get some opinions for other players as to what they do when presented with this opportunity.
Originally posted by mickeytYes; once you win the exchange, as this trade is known, you want to start exchanging off as much material as you can. Because such trades become advantageous for you, your opponent has fewer options; he must retreat if trading is the only other option, unless he has an immediately devestating attack. You can start to control the game by threatening him with the endgame.
thx for the advice guys. That is certainly the way I used to play just the last 4-5 games confused the issue for me. I think they ended early and thus the rooks never really got into the game, which got me thinking. Must stop that!
Originally posted by LearuxIt's best not to consider chess entirely in such material terms, even though that's basically what computers do! Of course, a rook is stronger than a bishop in most positions, not least because the rook is likely to be much stronger in the endgame. However, my experience is that in many middlegame positions a bishop and pawn can be a rough equivalent of a rook.
There is a reason that a bishop is 3 and a rook 5 points!
Originally posted by thesonofsaulThe more complex and assymetrical the trade, the less one can use the point value to evaluate the trade. Winning the exchange is much less complex than this situation; but you do have a point.
Recently I declined an oppertunity to force a complicated exchange that according to point value would have favored me (a rook and two bishops from me for my opponents queen and remaining rook) . I was even already up an exchange, but this complicated trade would have left my opponent with a passed pawn and me with no middle pieces to threaten it. It w ...[text shortened]... . Position adds alot to value; that passed pawn would have immeasurable value!
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