1. ## Strategic Puzzles

Greetings. I'm a 2300 player and would like to present you with a strategic chess puzzle.

White to move. Find the best plan and move for White in the position below.

If you are stuck. The solution is one of the three plans in the next post. My next post after that explains which plan is best, and why the others are inferior. Good luck.

2. ## Choose from these three plans

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3. I will give a full detailed solution tomorrow, explaining strategically while two of the above plans are inferior and why the correct plan is best, together with the (annotated) game continuation to convince you. The day after that, I will post another strategic puzzle. In the meantime, try to solve the puzzle!

4. Thanks for posting this interesting position. From my cursory reading, all 3 plans sound good! Will give it some more thought.

5. I would go with Option 2.

6. if Qd3 then I would prefer to play ...f6 over ...a4

7. Well, I hope you enjoyed the puzzle. Here is the full solution:

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New puzzle tomorrow!

8. Originally Posted by andytoh
Well, I hope you enjoyed the puzzle.
I certainly did, thank you. Could I suggest that you make use of the PGN viewer for the next one?

9. Originally Posted by Boris
I certainly did, thank you. Could I suggest that you make use of the PGN viewer for the next one?
Will do.

10. Originally Posted by andytoh
Here are the calculations you should have made in assessing Plan C:
17.Ba4 Rfb8
Is there anything wrong with 17...Nh6, intending Nf5?

New puzzle tomorrow!

11. ## Thankyou Andytoh

i too ,intuitively went with plan C ,regrettably did not post.........but heartened to see that as the solution...........a very instructional,highly informative problem ,andytoh,....a very big thankyou to you

12. Originally Posted by Eurotrash
Is there anything wrong with 17...Nh6, intending Nf5?
I also think this is worth a try but since black is unable to prevent the eventual doubling of his c-pawns he should still ultimately be somewhat worse. Maybe he will then get some play down the half-open b-file but ultimately it isn't looking all that flash.

Thanks andy for posting the position; glad to have you with us.

13. ## Puzzle #2

White to move. Black has just played 26...Kf7 (from g8).

This time, YOU try to come up with the plan first before I post the three plans to choose from.

14. Would probably try to swap off my bad bishop with 1.Bd2 and if 1...Ra8 2.Ra1 intending Ba5

15. Bd2 seems the most logical start, to take advantage of the threat of Nxd6! It follows that 1...d5, 2.Nec5. After that, I'm not sure - I'd like to do something about my 2 isolated pawns but not sure how I'd go about it.

For some reason I feel that, following this, white's best chances lie in a k-side expansion while taking advantage of the vacated e-file, but I'm not very strong at analysing deeply.