Why d4?

QTipPoker

The analyzer has me (white) up here by 4.88.  It's telling me my best move is d4.  But, I don't know why that move is good.  Any ideas?


zborg
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zborg

It speeds up the development of your bishop, and protects your knight.

You're up a piece.  That game is over, unless you blunder.  Qe2 probably works as well.

P.S., you only need +1.5 for a winning game.

TheGrobe

QTipPoker

oh boy...I missed the Q protects the pawn...

Thanks.

TheGrobe

More to the point, only one other move (Qh5) even comes close to defending your Knight (which can't move, or the Bishop will be left hanging) and this fails quickly to d6 after which either the Knight or the Bishop will fall, not to mention the precarious position it puts your Queen in so early in the game.  d4 not only protects the Knight, but also interposes on the Queen's attack on your Bishop should the Knight be driven away.

AnthonyCG

There is also the threat of Bxh6 followed by grabbing a pawn on f7.