Why is Rf8 considered the best move in this position?

Alexia0000

FishEyedFools wrote:

Blacks game plan is to create a passed pawn (e-pawn), and the f-file is going to open, so either ...Rf8, or ...Ne4 works.

I couldn't agree less

Alexia0000

TS_theWoodiest wrote:

Those were two different lines.

 

If 4.c4 Kh7 5.b4 f5 6.c5 or 6.exf5 gxf5 7.c5 Kf7 8.cxd6 Ke8 and now the nice trick 9.g4 fxg4 10.d7+ Kxd7 11.Nxe5+ forking king and pawn, drawing the game.

 

If you play ...f5 right away after c4 it would be 4.c4 f5 5.exf5 gxf5 6. Ne7 f4 7.gxf4 exf4 8.cxb5 axb5 9.Ng6+ Kg7 10.Nxf4 and white is going to be up a pawn in a favorable knight vs bishop endgame.

Wow smart move

TS_theWoodiest

And in your line 11.Ne4+?? Why this move? Just 11.Kc2. The king is in the square of the pawn. Also, 7...Kf6 looks simply winning for black without sweating.

TS_theWoodiest
Alexia0000 wrote:
TS_theWoodiest wrote:

Those were two different lines.

 

If 4.c4 Kh7 5.b4 f5 6.c5 or 6.exf5 gxf5 7.c5 Kf7 8.cxd6 Ke8 and now the nice trick 9.g4 fxg4 10.d7+ Kxd7 11.Nxe5+ forking king and pawn, drawing the game.

 

If you play ...f5 right away after c4 it would be 4.c4 f5 5.exf5 gxf5 6. Ne7 f4 7.gxf4 exf4 8.cxb5 axb5 9.Ng6+ Kg7 10.Nxf4 and white is going to be up a pawn in a favorable knight vs bishop endgame.

Wow smart move

 

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