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Well, it's official. Time to bring in the Bishop and play . . . . 12.Bd5
Hmmm...Ra7, Rb8 or Nxd5. I prefer Nxd5...only your knight is pinned...
I don't see any tactics so 12. ...Rb8 it is
Here are how things stand after @zrylam's last move.
Things are pretty boxed in and tight around his King side. Looks like it might be time for our Pawns to fight it out on the Queen side. I have lots of options, but I am thinking of playing 13. c3. Unless someone can suggest another line of attack with my minor pieces, or a different Pawn to push, then I am probably going to stick with that move.
Well I can't seem to come up with any solid aggressive moves. So as the saying goes, "When in doubt, push a pawn." I'm going with 13.c3
Bb7 before or after taking
With my Bishop under attack, I really have no choice but to move it because I cannot create a threat somewhere else. I have several locations to move it, but since I want to keep pressure on the h6 square, the best place to move would be 14.Be3
I'm actually kinda surprised how long it took to play this simple but inevitable move
Looks like its pawn pushing time . . . . 15.d4
and double the pawns
I agree with Roeczak - 15. ...Nxe5 looks like the best response.
edit: on second thought, Nxd5 looks better, there's no point sacrificing my own Pawn with an illegal move at this point in the game
lol i didnt noticed!!!
We all knew what you meant. Funny response from @zrylam, though.
As much as I do not like doubling up my pawns . . . I do not like going down a piece, even more. So I have no choice but to recapture, and play . . . . 16. exd5
Bb7 seems obvious now. The doubled pawns are a weakness: attack them!
There's still time before locking in my move, but I have a vulnerable c-pawn and can attack d5 later. I'm thinking cxd4 then Bb7 - thoughts?
Alrighty then 16. ...cxd4
Looks like the tide has turned in @zrylam's favour, as he has gained tempo and I am forced to respond to the moves that he is making. Well, at least his cxd4 move solves my doubled up pawn problem. Wait . . . I have to respond with the same move and recapture his pawn. Noooooo, I am back to doubled up pawns again!!!
now, for black i like the e4/f5 idea, opening up the diagonal for the bishop. also possible is Bb7.
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