Sunday, March 7, 2010

Find The Next Move

In this game, my opponent, Black just played 1.... exf4.

How would you evaluate this position? White with a slight advantage? Equal?

How should White continue?

Hint: The continuation is not easy to see but you know that when the Knight+Queen is about, there's always tactical shots waiting. Think about it for at least 5 minutes.

Answers can be found by highlighting between the brackets

[2. ... e5!! and Black must lose a piece. The threat is no matter what Black does to take the pawn, the followup is 3. Ne7+! as the Knight is immune to capture due to potential mate on h7. The Black King can escape via g6 but the attack for White by then is utterly crushing with 4. Qxh7 and 5. Nf6.]

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