Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Chess Puzzle

Today's chess puzzle comes from my last tournament game. This is not a mate-in-three type of puzzle, only a position to analyze and decide what you think the best move for white is.


White to move

To help along, I will give my basic thoughts on the position. White has much more active pieces. Note black's two rooks sitting passively in the corner. White is putting a ton of pressure down the d-file, threatening to capture the black Queen should the pawn in between them move. Lastly, black's King sits out in the open. Also don't miss the fact that white's Knight is under attack and undefended.

How should white proceed? In my case, I missed a most critical move, lost the initiative, and eventually the game. A disappointing blow after playing a great game, but a lesson learned nonetheless. Round three is on Monday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

White is better in this position:
1.Qb2 (1.Bb4 Bxb4 2.cxb4 cxb3 3.Qf2 bxa2 4.Rxd4 Qc6 5.Qxa2 Nc7) dxc3 (1..d3 2.bxc4 Nc7 3.Nxb5 Nxb5 4.cxb5 Bc5+ 5. Kh1 is also good for white) 2.Qxc3 Qc6 3.Bb4 Bxb4 4.Qxb4 Qb6+ 5.Kh1

But any of the 1.Qb2/Bb4/Nxb5/Nxc4/Qc1/bxc4/cxd4 are decent white moves. The best is still Qb2, anyway what was your move?

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