Saturday, October 1, 2011

WWYD? #1

The admirable Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog carries a series of posts entitled Blue or Red Pill?. The premise is simple: sometimes chess offers you a stark choice. For example, trade down to a bishop ending or a rook ending? Continue the attack or swap off the major pieces?

Imitation is the sincerest of flattery, so here is Trowbridge's equivalent. In this game (played on Thursday) White has a choice of square for his queen. Should he keep the queens on with Qe2/e1 or should he force an exchange with Qe4? I've conveniently ignored Qd3 which appears to be a weak alternative allowing ...Qxd3 followed by ...Rxd4.

What would you do?


  1. I would do what I did which was wrong lol


  2. Actually I think you played the best move in 32.Qe4! Qxe4+ 33.Rxe4 both practically and theoretically.

    It's probably drawn but this way you win the f-pawn without having to spend much thinking time.

    32.Qe2 Qg5 33.Qe4+ Kg8 doesn't gain you much as 34.Kf3 is met by Qh4

  3. Wow after our brief analysis at the club Qe2 looked better.....Nice one.