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Ok, I recently submitted a live chess game I played for computer analysis. In it, the computer listed one of my early moves as an inaccuracy (which was not surprising an and of itself, as I am a relatively mediocre chess player). What was interesting was the move it said was my best continuation, to which I can see no point at all. Take a look:
I'm no expert, but it seems the computer's suggestion gives black the momentum regardless if there is an exchange or not. On the other hand, b5 weakens the pawns on the queen side and white can take initiative by pressuring them.
Don't trust the computer, trust your own thoughts, + / - 0,3 - 0,5 doesent mean annything!
-The best move for anny player is a move that suit's his plans, and a move he understand's, to play a computerline that you really don't understand is pointless!
Computer's rest in peace!
I have to agree with the computer. The main line you give seems great for black. White will have a hard time defending his e5 pawn from Nc6 and maybe g6/g5 followed by Bg7. Black could even play f6 to get rid of the pawn on e5. f4 to guard the pawn weakens white's position too much and allows moves like Qh4+. d4 is going to be hard to play and would waste many moves.White's bishop will be out of play until either white manages to weaken to pawn on d5 (very hard) or white plays c3,d4,Nd2,Bb1(waste of time).
The other position you give (the one with exf6 dxc4) also looks good for black.Black is ahead in development and could castle next turn if he wanted (not sure that it is best though). He has the bishop pair in an open position and the bishop at g7 is very strong. If black decides not to castle kingside, then he could play Rg8, putting the rook on a useful file.
That's dead wrong. Just because someone is a 'tactical player', doesn't mean it's always best to open the position up; if the position calls for you to lock it up and begin a slow positional win, then that's the move you have to play!
Sorry but you fail to understand the point!
If you trust your own mind, you learn when you think wrong. If you learn to trust the computer's you play really weak on your own.
Ok, i don't think that the exf6 dxc4 fxg7 Bxg7 line is good for White at all in lieu of Qg4! which immediately seizes a pawn, and I don't think Black has adequate compensation. I would agree that retreating the Bishop after d5 is a sore mistake for it gives Black superior position with an immediate target on e5, but my point is to say that Nf6 is a truly ridiculous move. If Black's intention is to play d5, then why shouldn't he just play d5 right away instead of Nf6, and then White MUST retreat the Bishop.
After d5!, white would either have to accept not being able to castle, (Ba2 dxe4 dxe4 Qxd1+ Kxd1), or allow the c8 bishop a strong open diagonal, with initiative to Black (exd5 exd5 Ba2 Bf5) and threats of a possible c4 pawn advance
Oh and one more thing, the tactical nightmare that ensues after Qg4! cxd3? Qxg7 dxc2? when Black threatens mate on d1 or capture of the knight is no good for Black, in lieu of Qxa8+ Ke7 Qxd8+ Kxd8 Nc3
I am not sure that Qg4 is that great after Qd4. Black has compensation in a line like the following
Silly me! I didn't even spot the Qd4! move which clearly saves the position for Black. And yes, I would say Black has reasonable compensation for the pawn there. White will struggle to play c3, Bf4, Nd2, and then Ne2 and Rf1 when he will finally have a position without much weakness. Unfortunately c3 will create a miserable weakness on b3. I think that line you give is in fact excellent for Black.
But i still feel the immediate d5 to be better than Nf6. I just don't see the point. Nf6 is only "better" than d5 if White plays e5, and Chess isn't meant to be a game where you cross your fingers and hope the guy plays an inferior move. Not at the highest level of play, it isn't. And the funniest part of this all is the crossing-your-fingers-and-hoping-he-won't-see-it method is indubitably human; no computer plays that way.
So what is the solid reason why Nf6 is better than d5, even if we establish that e5 is good for Black?
No problem. I used to play someone that would always to into a position similiar to what we were discussing given the chance because he evaluated it favorably to himself due to black's weakened kingside and white's sometimes extra pawn. I don't think he ever figured out that it was bad for him
I suppose the reason that the computer prefered Nf6 was that black can still play d5 next turn or in the following turns. Nf6 supports d5 and is more flexible than playing it immediately. I agree that there isn't a huge difference in strength between playing those two moves though.
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