White to move! What is the best continuation for White? Please go through the variations and not a one move answer!
Karthik, here is the line I analyzed: 1.Nf5 exf5 2.Rd7 f4 3.Qh4 Nd7 4.Qe7 Nf6
And white has an exchange for a pawn, and might be able to win the f4 pawn, but I couldn't convince myself that white has anything here. Do you see something?
How about 1. Nf5 exf5 (only way to avoid either mate or loss of the bishop) 2. Rxd7
And 2.. Ba3 3. N:b5 forces mass exchanges that seem to favor White. 3...Qb8 4. Be5 Qc8 5. Rc7 sets up sort of a windmill that will net White at least a piece.
- Ndb5 might be the best way to start things off. 1...ab 2. R:d7 and the R is immune from capture because of 3. N:b5 with the mate threat and the attack on Black's Q. Black seems to have two main options - 2...N:d7 planning to take whatever wood he can get for the Q, or 2...Ba3 to disarm the mate threat.
2...N:d7 3. N:b5 and black can avoid mate only with one of 3...e5, 3...Nf6, or 3...Bf6. 3...Nf6 seems to be the worst of the 3 because of 4. N:a7 Q:a7 5. Qc7 attacking both bishops. After 5...Re8 6. Bf3 creates more threats than Black can handle.
3...Bf6 fails in the same fashion , 4. B:f6 N:f6 5. N:a7 R:a7 6. Qc7 again attacks the Bb7, although black can defend with 6...Rea8 7. Q:b6 and the 3 connected passed pawns should be quickly decisive.
So 3...e5 seems best, but then 4. N:a7 R:a7 simply leaves White with a material advantage and the same potential Q-side pawn roller. Black's e-pawn is hanging, and with 4 pieces on the 2nd rank Black has some consolidating to do.
Here is what I see in your line: 1.Ne6!? fe6 2.Rd7 Rf7!
And now what for white? I would be tempted to sacrifice the exchange at b7 here and then play 4.Bf3 to win the exchange back:
3.Rb7!? Qb7 4.Bf3 Qa7 5.Ba8 Qa8 6.Qe3 attacking the two undefended pawns at b6 and e6, but black can defend both with 6......Qc6. after that, I can't easily see what is best. However, your third move gave me a bit of an idea.
Dave, what about 2......Rf7 instead of Nxd7? I think 1.Nxe6 does win a pawn, maybe two for white- but I am just unsure after 2......Rf7. It is hard for me find a defnitive win. However, your line did suggest a better first move for white to my own eye, and will post what I think tomorrow if no one else finds it.
- Nxe6!! fxe6, 2. Rxd7! Nxd7, 3. Nb5! (double-attacking Black) 1-0