Sunday, July 09, 2006

Only Static Compensation

After a non-gambit like continuation I had zero attack for the pawn, only the static compensation of the bishop pair and a doubled pawn of Black. This does not look like an Evans Gambit, does it?



White to move. No check. No capture. No threat. The position is quiet.

Positional assessment: White has the bishop pair and a better development for the pawn. Black double pawn, but semi-open file against the isolated pawn a2. Worst standing white pieces are Queen d1 and Rook f1. Rule 1: Move every piece once before moving a piece twice. Rule 2: Connect the Rooks. Both rules are in favour of a Queen move clearing the first rank.

Initial candidate moves: 14.Qc2 or 14.Qd2. The first candidate allows a strong black Knight attack on g4 and is therefore discarded.

Principal Variation with forcing moves: 14.Qd2 Bg4 (threatens to destroy the white castle) 15.Qe3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3. Quiet position. Safety check positive.

Play 14.Qd2. In this quiet position it is hard to tell if this is really the best move. Deep Shredder prefers Qc1 but at least has no refutation against Qd2.

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