Test your positional instincts

NM linlaoda
Jun 21, 2015, 7:46 AM |

In the following position, Black looks to be slightly worse with fewer pieces developed, but is this so?



Did you find a strong move for Black? Try out your move in the puzzle:

This is the sort of problem that someone with strong positional instincts should be able to solve quite quickly (although it definitely takes some calculation to make sure the variation after 2. Ne5!? is good for Black)
The key themes in this example are the bishop pair and weaknesses. Hopefully you found this example instructive!