The beauty of a simple chess move
I was playing a game on chess.com yesterday, and while I thought I found a quite strong move during the game, it was only afterwards I realized how beautiful it actually is. The game started off with the following moves;
White asks the bishop to go back, but where should it move - or should it?
Ne4! Show this move to a beginner and his/her head might spin. Why doesn't the bishop have to move, It's attacked by a pawn!? How can the knight move, it's pinned to the rook!? How can the knight go to e4? It's unprotected and attacked by two of blacks pieces, including a pawn!
Well, the answer to the first two questions is that the queen is now attacked, and that thrumps a bishop or a rook.
The other two questions is answered by pins. Both the knight and the pawn is being pinned to the lady and unable to take away that pesky knight.
But is this move REALLY sound?. Black leaves a whole lot of material hanging everywhere, and if white just moves the queen away, how can all of this be justified.
Of course I had not seen all variation. I don't claim to be a reincarnation of Fischer, but I saw the following continuation which I thought to be quite decent for black:
This is indeed a fine looking position, and I thought I had to go for that, because of the hanging bishop on b4. However, the cold blooded silicone monster Stockfish finds and even better variation:
Yea, a very complicated line.
But back to the point. 12. Ne4!
What do you think? Is it a beautiful move? I think it would be a very nice move to show beginners, because it shows so many important principles at work at once.
In the actual game, white blundered badly and lost in swift fashion: