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Material imbalance is when there are different kinds of pieces on the board for compensation, such as a queen for two rooks. In this video, we will learn about the material imbalance where there is a rook and a pawn against a bishop and a knight.
Is it okay to trade your bishop and knight for a rook and a pawn? Or is it okay to exchange your rook and a pawn for two minor pieces? Which is better and in what positions?
This material imbalance (rook + pawn vs bishop + knight) is typical and happens quite often in almost all stages of the game – opening, middlegame and endgame.
The general rule is that the minor pieces, in this case, the bishop and the knight, are considered stronger in the opening; whereas the rook and the pawn are stronger in the endgame.
In this video, Manuel Ocantos will show you several examples (games played by Tal, Spassky, etc.) and illustrate how this material imbalance determines the position in various stages of the game.
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