Thursday, April 19, 2012

What is the Best Move: Knight Moves!

    White to move!
  • A. Ne2
  • B. Nd1
  • C. Nd5

1 comment:

  1. The theme here is deflection...

    When pieces are pinned, you always have to be on guard for deflection sacrifices. In this case

    1. Ne2?? blocking e2 is a mistake due to the incredible 1. .. Rf1+!! deflecting the white king. If 2. Kxf1, then simply 2. .. Qxd2 and the Bf4 is pinned.

    1. Nd5 fails the same way but with skewer at the end:
    1. Nd5 Rf1!
    2. Ke2 Rf2+! (skewer!)
    3. Kxf2 Qxd2 and again the Bf4 is pinned.

    Therefore, the only move is Nd1, guarding f2 and allowing the Bf4 to be saved.