How to face the move Queen to b6 (chess lessons)
How to face the move ...Qb6
We start with the famous position:
Black just played Qd8...b6. How do we characterize this move? It violates the theory of developing minor pieces before the queen, so what is the purpose?
Black's queen attacks the b2 pawn: How should White deal with it?
1) White ignores the pawn (poisoned pawn variation)
However, what if White does not want to sacrifice the pawn? Not everybody likes the sharp sacrificial style that is demanded after the sacrifice. There of course is the alternative Nb3, covering the pawn, but I would like to look at a more subtle approach:
2) the 'subtle' a3
This is also useful in other opening structures: