9924 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Since I'm a beginner, one of my weaknesses is positional understanding. I'm not exactly a tactical juggernaut either, but my positional understanding is next to nothing. I'm left without a clue when there's no immediate tactic springing to mind. I have a few questions about this position:
1) Who has the advantage here and why?
2) How large is the advantage?
3)If it's White to move, what move would you make?
4)If it's Black to move, what would you do?
I'm sure this will help me grow as an amateur.
Thanks in advance!
Black is better because white's lost control of the center. But in more general terms black has more space and a harmonious development. White would like to claim some center and coordinate his pieces, but this isn't practical because it would take many moves.
But we can ignore the strategic pluses because they already give black tactical punches i.e. the center does contain immediate threats. Black to move would threaten to push e5 and win a piece with either d4 (if bishop retreats to e3) or a6 (if bishop retreats to c3).
So white to move has to do something about his d4 bishop or b5 knight, which are not ideally placed even if these tactics did not exist. A move like Bxf6 or Bc3 is forced to meet the threat.
Hope that helps :)
I imagine black has the edge in this position. His e and d pawns made the biggest impression on me. I imagine an engine would give black and edge of .5-2.5 pawns - depending on whose move it is.
For white's move, my first thought would be Qe3 to stop e5 from black with a possible Ne5 to follow.
For black's move, e5 seems to win a piece. If Be3, d4 traps the bishop, if Bf3, a6 traps the knight
This has been helpful :) Thanks.
7/26/2014 - Saonina-Tjekova 1980
by chessdragonboge a few minutes ago
Awesome Mates: The Perfect Overthrow!!!!!!!!!
by salatoy 4 minutes ago
lost a magnetic piece
by ZeroMoustafa 6 minutes ago
IM Arnold Denker won in 7 moves.His next move is 2.????
by LuisGruezo 12 minutes ago
Ponziani: Impractical in non-computer Correspondence Chess?
by krcraft 28 minutes ago
7/25/2014 - Sahovic - Karolyi 1986
by kpdaniel 30 minutes ago
A few statistics from the USCF database
by hicetnunc 36 minutes ago
1,000 signs you play chess too much.
by motherinlaw 45 minutes ago
I cant stand people who dont resign -.-
by motherinlaw 48 minutes ago
Chess.com recently hit 10 million members and there's a downside.
by 913Glorax12 50 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!