Daily Chess Improvement: Accurate Chess Evaluation!


It is black to move!

  1. Evaluate the position. Is Black better, worse or is it equal?

  2. What is the game plan for black?

Comments (1)
No. 1-1


I tried to find a way to win the knight- black is down a piece for two pawns in the starting position, but nothing seems to work- the main problem being that black rook is tied down to defending the 8th rank until black makes a hole for the king. The main line I found in this idea is just 1.....Qg5+ followed by 2.....Qb5+ forcing the exchange of the queens and fixing the black pawn structure, but the knight can't be won that I can see.

So, started looking at other moves. Black can't take the g2 pawn at move 1 since 2.Qe7 leaves black with no defense- for example:

1......Qxg2?? 2.Qe7 Rf8 3.Qxf8+!! Kxf8 4.Bb4+ wins, so black must guard the e7 square, and I only see


This attacks the bishop and prevents 2.Qe7. Now, white can just force what is a likely draw with....

2.Qe7 Qxe7 3.Rxe7 Rxa8 4.Rc7 and black will be up a pawn, but it is a doubled pawn, and white would have some counterplay with the passed c-pawn.

I vote for drawn after 1.....Qc5- I don't really see anything better for white than 2.Qe7 forcing the queens off the board. If white tries 2.Bb4, then black just plays 2....Qd4 threatening 3.....Qa1#, and from d4, the black queen protects the rook which takes the venom out of Qe7 by white.