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Hey there chessholics!
Here's a diagram taken from unclear position from my recent rapid game. I'd like you guys to give your thoughts and ideas about the positions and of course which side is better and why
I believe that white is better, considering that white has almost fully developed, while black is still working on it. Although there are tactics in the air (namely Qxa1), playing Rb1 in the current situation loses a pawn but takes care of the problem. After castling, white may be two pawns down, but black has a stuck bishop and an undeveloped knight. If white is able to play Qb6! (If not, perhaps Bc5), black won't be able to castle, and the extra space will give white lively play white black's pieces are still uncoordinated.
@NachtWulf thanks alot for your views! Really appriciate it!
I can tell you that I won the game because of black's lack of developement.
A difficult situation. A problem for White is that his king is also not entirely secure, a fact which might possibly hamper his attack. After 1 Rb1 Nxf3+ 2 Bxf3 Black can try 2... Bc3+ 3 Kf1 Qxa2 (3... Qa3 4 Bd4); or he can go for 2... Qc3+ 3 Bd2 Qe5+ but now 4 Ne2 and White will be able to castle and continue his attack.
As the game actually went, I think 14 Qa4 had to be played. Then if 14... Qf6 15 Nd5 and White still has some attack. Trading off queens though gives up most of White's play; after 18... Nxd5 Black should've been able to win that endgame.
nxn+,Qxr,QxQ and black plays BxQ winning a rook
White is so developed that in a tourney game I would look hard for a way to sac the rook, e.g. 0-0 and Qd5 or Qa4.
Sacing the exchange is also an idea, but seems like white has to fight for a draw so I don't like that too much.
That said, Andy's line looks like an even better "sac" (just the a pawn) and as he said with Nd5 white doesn't look bad at all.
Whose move is it?
White to move, else black can win by force.
AndyClifton and waffllemaster thanks for your deep insight!
Yeah CHCL it is white to move indeed as the diagram says (atleast for me). I only wanted to show you the one position as in the diagram because the game contained alot of mistakes and even blunders from both sides so it wasn't even worth observing.
I shall blame the tight time controls!! Maybe I should focus on slower games as I find them more improving.
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