Friday, February 10, 2012

White to play

The position is materially balanced. White has a rook battery along the e-file, but the dark squared bishop hinders them from entering the seventh rank via e7. White's knights are having difficulties to anchor themselves in the center. The squares c4, c5, d4 and e4 are all well protected by black pawns and pieces. Black has just played Bf8-d6 to chase away white's most active piece, the rook on e5. Agreeing to passivity can be a lethal decision for white. Does white have any good options here? This is a difficult problem to solve and you probably need 10-15 minutes.