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Why Sacrifice the Rook?

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AstroBullivant

Black to play:

[Edit: This was edited on March 1, 2024 to account for a missing bishop on e7]
The best move for Black here is Nd7. It's also a winning move. I missed this move completely, but I noticed the computer detecting it. So, the move sequence could follow as:
11. ... Black: Nf6-d7
12. White: Nc7xa8 Black: Nd7xe5
 
 
In this pair of moves, Black effectively trades a rook for a bishop, which is usually an unfavorable trade. Why is it the right move here? In the game where this came up, I played Rb8 and didn't want to sacrifice my rook, which I was planning on using to attack the center.
EnPassantAvalanche

Good luck on sacrificing a non-existent rook ! happy.png

AstroBullivant

Lol. For some reason, the board cleared when I set it to "Black to play".

Daygo123

also questing that the knight is trapped

tygxc

The position is lost for black: a piece down.
So it does not really matter.

magipi
AstroBullivant wrote:
In this pair of moves, Black effectively trades a rook for a bishop, which is usually an unfavorable trade. Why is it the right move here?

You are wrong. Blacks trades a rook for 2 minor pieces, not one. The white knight can't escape from a8 and will be lost.

You can click on the "magnifying glass" icon in the bottom left corner to open engine analysis, and you can try every move in there.

AstroBullivant

@tygxc,

I believe I forgot to put the bishop on e7 in the original position. I have edited it. Sometimes, posting positions on here is frustrating because it keeps clearing the board.

EnPassantAvalanche
AstroBullivant wrote:

Lol. For some reason, the board cleared when I set it to "Black to play".

I know, it's really annoying when it does that.

Thepasswordis1234
AstroBullivant wrote:

@tygxc,

I believe I forgot to put the bishop on e7 in the original position. I have edited it. Sometimes, posting positions on here is frustrating because it keeps clearing the board.

i suggest you use FEN