A Complicated Combination

In last Monday’s problem, White does best to play 1.d5.

It gains more space in the centre. After 1…Nb4 White can play 2. Be2 and his plan is to follow up with e4, gaining space.

This week’s problem illustrates one of the problems of being an ‘attacking’ player. Sometimes you have to come up with ingenious ideas or your attack will fizzle out.

Black has to find a way through the defence of White.

The obvious move to look at is 1…Ng4+. Checks always have to be calculated.

But the move doesn’t work.

How does Black increase the pressure on White’s position?

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.