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the_disiple 114 ( +1 | -1 )
A position to analyze pls:) I recently played a not so dramatic game, but it came to one position which quiet interests me. I have been playing the Pirc defence for about 6 months now and have a great record with it. I know most of the variation by heart and believe i understand the ideas very well. Anyway, here is how the position was reached.

1. e4 d6
2. d4 Nf6
3. Nc3 g6
4. f4 Bg7
5. Nf3 c5
6. dxc5 Qa5
7. Bb5+ Bd7
8. Bxd7+ Nbxd7
9. cxd6 Nxe4
10. O-O

I actually analyzed this position for an hour or 2 including the proceeding 10... Qc5+,Bxc3, and Nxd6. I came to a conclusion a picked a timid but good line. (i think) The game isn't quite over but it's well beyond this point. I would like to know some of your opinions of what to do here, no matter what rating you are. Higher would be nice of course. I will reveal my analyzation and my choice later. I don't really want to influence anyone. I would really like to know what you all think of this position. THX in advance.

Note: Up until move 7.Bb5+, the game was by the book, and although i'm not sure Bd7 was the absolute best continuation, i don't really care at the moment. Pls only give opinion on the position after move 10. Thx again.


jeffery1976 22 ( +1 | -1 )
On your position Well, I looked at
the position and
came up with this
sequence of moves
which may be good
in blacks favour.
10...Qb6+,
11.Kh1,NxN,
12.PxN,BxP,
13.Qe2,QxP,
14.Rb1,0-0-0,
15.Bb2,BxB,
16.RxB,Nc5,
17.Re1.
Black wins two
pawns and whites
pawn structure is
useless.
Hope this helps.
halfpast_yellow 254 ( +1 | -1 )
Ok I'll give it a shot. Okay, I played out your game, and added in what I assume what was played given what you said with Qc5+, Bxc3 and Nxd6. So I ended up with
1. e4 d6
2. d4 Nf6
3. Nc3 g6
4. f4 Bg7
5. Nf3 c5
6. dxc5 Qa5
7. Bb5+ Bd7
8. Bxd7+ Nbxd7
9. cxd6 Nxe4
10. O-O Qc5+
11. Kh1 Bxc3
12. bxc3 Nxd6
Okay, here goes my analysis. Material is even, 2 N's vs B&N. White has terrible pawn structure. Black is uncastled, White's king is safer on h1. Black has a hole on g7 where the Bishop should be, the price of the doubled white pawns. Of black's pieces, the Queen is by far the most strongly placed, there is not much to be said for his Rooks and knights...yet. White has a good knight that could be strong on the kingside. White has no centre pawns, but there are semiopen b and e files and an open d file blocked by black's knights.
So...
White's pawn structure is a mess, this by far his biggest disadvantage. Black's biggest disadvantage is his uncastled King and not very active pieces save his queen. White to move and he has to take the initiative quickly to take advantage of black's temporary weakness.
To achieve this, the best continuation would be 13.Re1. This attacks Blacks weak e-pawn and dissuades him from Castling, keeping his King in the centre and his rook out of the way on h8. Black should play 13...Qxc3, taking the weak pawn that White should not bother defending, and black goes a pawn up. But, with some analysis of lines there is now ALOT of danger for black, and infact now I think black might have to give up his e7 pawn just to get out of trouble.. White can play the immediate 14.Bb2, forcing ...Qxb2, then with 15.Qxd6 , oops, Black's going to get mated! he can play 15...0-0-0, with 16.Qxe7 Black is 'safe' for the moment but you would have to say white stands a little better here, I think. Or, if black plays 15...Qf6, protecting e7 and stopping the mate then, white has tactics at his disposal with 16.Rxe7! Qxe7 17.Re1! pinning and winning the queen in exchange for the two rooks with 17...Qxe1 18.Nxe1. Black should then 0-0-0 and material is even, but unbalanced.

There is also a simpler continuation for white that shows he has very good compensation for his pawn. 14.Rb1 with the threat of a deadly Bb2, and now ...Qc7 (if ...Qd5, Rb3 with threats) and white can attack with Ba3, Ng5 and Qd4. Whew, that was a good way spend some time when I have no moves to make. Thanks for providing that game, it was quite interesting to analyse and quite deceptive too, the white pawns just look so terrible but he can create some good attacks with 13.Re1