Daily Chess Improvement: Endgame Chess Improvement!

SusanPolgar

White to move! Which side is better? How should you evaluate this position? How should white proceed?

Comments (4)
No. 1-3
CraigB
CraigB

Ah yes, it does.

KarthikM
KarthikM
  1. Bc4 wins

If it were black to move, 1. ... Ne6 2. Bd7 draws, doesn't it?

CraigB
CraigB

This is a fine example of two things - 1. Bishops are better than knights on open boards, and 2. Who's on move in double-edged positions.

If it were Black to move, 1...Ne6 would win easily, planning 2...Nc7 and the a-pawn will never promote.

But it's White to move, and 1. Bc4! prevents the above idea while still enabling the B to guard e2 and f1. White wins easily.


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