End of Opening, Start of Game

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White can breakthrough with 1. b6!

1…Kxb6 is met by 2. Ba5+ and 1…Bxb6 is met by 2. Kb5.

In this week’s problem, the opening has just finished, so in many ways the game has just started.

Both sides should try to find plans, and try to find manoeuvres which prevent his opponent’s plans.

In this position White is to play and get an advantage. Try to work out what Black is intending to play. What move improves White’s position and tries to stop his opponent’s plan?

Steven Carr

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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.