Originally posted by C J Horse
Do NOT touch a pawn. Do NOT touch a pawn.
The problem with weaker players (of whose club I am a founder member) is that we don't know whether our pawns are in good places or not. So we don't know whether or not to move them. Surely it must matter where they are, and it must be right to move them sometimes? Any tips?
The tip usually given is that you can take (almost) any piece move back, but never a pawn move. Therefore, before you move a pawn, make very sure that it is correct. If your piece move is incorrect, you can perhaps repair it. If your pawn move is incorrect, it stays moved maugre thy teeth. And therefore, the situation under discussion - i.e. if you do not know what to do - is just about the worst time possible to make a pawn move.
By that reasoning (which isn't mine, but that of much better players than I), the same rule should go for exchanges. I don't know if it does; at least exchanges usually keep the balance more or less the same as it was before, while pawn moves usually do something