Refuting an Optical Advantage
After a bad losing streak I have been confronted with this position yesterday, after having declined a King's gambit. The center avalanche of White looks impressive and I already was preparing my mind for another hard fight, probably a loss. But then, more and more, I came to the conclusion that it does only look like an advantage, but may be not really threatening. Just look at the King in the center.
Black to move
After one or two minutes I saw the tactical counterstike Nxe4 which destroys the pawn avalanche, leaving White with serious problems due to the exposed King. I used five more minutes to visualize and double-check the future position. White was so shocked that after Nxe4 Nxe4 d5 he missed to take the pawn. The game went on Bb3? dxe4 Ng5 Qxe4 and already I was two pawns up. I won the game in 28 moves.
What makes me happy about this game is the fact that my opponent had played as I usually do, i.e. launching a heavy attack, and has lost as I usually do, running into a counterstrike. I have always thought that I am a White player. But this game has brought me to love Black. Black is beautiful. I am looking forward to my next black game.