13th December

Even though we are just talking candidate exercises this week, we are now heading into the non-trivial territory of the weekend,

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  1. Indra Polak
    December 13th, 2013 at 11:11 | #1

    Mmm…Q looks a bit squeezed…first gut move is 1.b4.

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    December 13th, 2013 at 17:52 | #2

    @Indra Polak
    1.b4 Rxc4! and Black is better.

  3. TonyRo
    December 13th, 2013 at 18:30 | #3

    I am strongly intrigued by 1.Rc2!?, intending 2.Nb1.

  4. TonyRo
    December 13th, 2013 at 18:33 | #4

    Looking at it further, 1.Rc2 might just be lights out. Trying to save the queen with 1…Qa5 loses an exchange to 2.Na4, so perhaps the only way for Black to maintain material equality is 1…Bxc3, but that seems like positional suicide. White has a lot of dangerous ideas involving f5 after 2.Bxc3.

  5. TheBriggy
    December 14th, 2013 at 01:14 | #5

    Yes, 1.Rc2 looks strong. Along with TonyRo’s comments, I would note two ideas.

    First, if black moves the rook from c5 to create an escape square for the queen, white can exploit the cramped bishop on e6 by pushing f5.

    Second, if black plays 1…b4, then 2.Na4 (hitting the Rc5 and so gaining a tempo) threatens Bd2 to c1.

  6. Peterm
    December 14th, 2013 at 09:28 | #6

    @TheBriggy
    One thing to look at is after Rc2, bxc4
    If then Nb1 cxb3
    Nxa3 bxc2
    Bd2 Bb2
    Bc1 wins

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