More Transitions to the Middle Game

In last week’s problem, Black’s plan was to liberate his pieces by playing e5.

White can get an advantage and stop Black’s plan by playing 1. Ne5. The idea is to follow up with f4 and Nb1-d2-f3, or Qf3 and then Qh3.

The best play for Black is to play 1..Bxe5 2. fxe5 Nd7 3. f4 and White has the plan of Nd2 followed by Nc4.

In this week’s problem, we again have to find a plan for White. Which is the best square for the Knight?

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.