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06-10-2006, 06:50 AM
For those of you that have the book. My question is about Exercise #2 in Chapter 12.

Considering the fact that I'm probably the only one that was given this book as a gift and no one else has it. Here's the position:

r2qkb1r/ppp2ppp/2nppn2/7b/3PP3/2N2N1P/PPP1BPP1/R1BQK2R w - -

For some reason the FEN viewer on here wouldn't work. Hopefully that helps.

If you're still with me, my question regards the answer to the excercise from this position. The question asked is which pawn is better to move for white. It goes on to say that d5 is the better move and goes through a variation why. That is where my question comes from.

The variation is:

1.d5 exd5 2.exd5 (and the knight must retreat)

The two options presented in the answer are 2...Ne7 or 2...Ne5. The reason 2...Ne7 wouln't work is because it wouln't be "threatening to capture" the pawn on d5. Is author eluding to the fact that after 3...Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Nxd5 5.Qxd5
Is that what he means when he says that the d5 pawn isn't being threatened?

My second question has to do with black's other option 2...Ne5. In the book it says that this would be a mistake because 3.Nxe5 would win a pawn for white. Ok, but I can't find out how that wins a pawn for white. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


06-10-2006, 08:44 AM
r2qkb1r/ppp2ppp/2nppn2/7b/3PP3/2N2N1P/PPP1BPP1/R1BQK2R w - - 5 10

06-10-2006, 08:49 AM
Hi drjake

You are correct that after 1.d5 exd5 2.exd5 Ne7, then Nxd5 is not a significant threat in view of the fact that black has two pieces attacking (the N on e7 and f6) and white has two pieces defending (the N on c3 and the Q on d1).

The point after 1.d5 exd5 2.exd5 Ne5 3.Nxe5 is that the black bishop on h5 is now threatened. if 3...Bxe2 3.Qxe2 dxe5 4.Qxe5+ and white is a pawn ahead.

06-10-2006, 09:06 AM
Hi Boris,

Thanks for the help. I thought it might be a duh moment. For the life of me I couldn't get past just black retaking the knight with dxe5. That turns out much worse than just a pawn down. Thats why I was confused.

Thanks again for your help,