Tuesday, January 24, 2012

White to play

White has created a massive queen and bishop battery along the a1-h8 diagonal. White has also created a rook and queen battery on the c-file which together with the knight on a5 are pressuring the black pawn on c6. Also white's b4 pawn is keeping the c6 pawn from moving forward. Black hopes to create an attack on the kingside, the knight on g4 and bishop on h3-c8 diagonal are ready. Black wants to play e4-e3 and open white's king. A prophylactic option for white is e2-e3, but this would weaken the f3 square and black could try Ng4-e5 and Bd7-g4. Perhaps there are other ideas?