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Charles Storey’s “Positional Chess Skills” - Never start a Fair Trade

Opening: E07, E17: Catalan: closed, Queen's Indian

Player(s): Andersson, Pelikian, Petkovic

What is a fair trade? It's a trade of pieces or pawns, where neither player loses material. In this course, FM Charlie Storey teaches you how to think like a positional player, and following his philosophy, Charlie tells us never to initiate a fair trade. OK, but why is that? Because of the piece color coding, of course! In many situations, starting a fair trade can increase your opponent's recapturing piece's color-coding, leaving you a tempo behind in the battle to have your pieces more effectively positioned. As usual, there are exceptions to the rule, but in general, do not start a fair trade of pieces or pawns, unless you see a valid reason to do so!

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