Many chess players have no idea when they should trade. Some players will trade whenever given the opportunity, while others will try to keep all of their pieces as long as they can. Both of these mindsets can really hinder the growth of a chess player.
In part two of our series on trading we look at some more key concepts that every chess player should think about when they are considering a trade in a chess game. The first concept is that if you have a spacial advantage you should not trade pieces. Use the pressure that you have on your opponent to limit their space. If on the opposite side, you have a spacial disadvantage, you should try to trade off pieces to give yourself some room to breathe. The next important thing to look for is you should trade if it will allow one of your remainding pieces to be very strong. In the image to the right the white knight would love to get to e6 but we need to get rid of the black bishop first. Therefore, we should trade off bishops and then we will have a great outpost for our knight.
Watch the video below to watch more detailed explanations of trading concepts and how you should use them in your games.