GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #8:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
RECENT MOVES: 10. Qe2 Ba6
(GW, June 12th) PROPOSED MOVE: 11. Rd1
Reasoning: As KW said when deciding our 10th Move, it's probably wiser to regain the overprotection of our d4-pawn, followed by 12. Nd2 and 13. Rac1, respectively ... well, depending on what Fritz does between now and then.
I did consider one other move, but suddenly saw a potentially nasty outcome for us ...
(GW, June 14th) I'm glad I proposed 11. Rd1, because I'd likely not have received this insight from KW (the benefit of having a more experienced, stronger chess player to help guide a beginner through learning how to better read and analysis positions, especially as threats and opportunities can fluctuate significantly from move to move).
Okay, my opinion, in light of what KW's just said ... I'll start with a further look at the d4-pawn, which had been my original proposal.
Here's the current position, after 10. Qe2 Ba6:
At the moment, this pawn is 3x defended, 2x attacked by Black units (unless you count X-ray attacks, like the one by Black's Queen, through the c5-pawn, in which case it'd be 3:3?). For now, let's just stick with 3:2 in White's favor. In that case, we could afford not to defend the d4-pawn a 4th time, with 11. Rd1 and so free up the KR to move elsewhere (i.e. 11. Rc1).
Noting the red arrows pointing to the potential push of the a-pawn, to a3 or a4, the QR would then be adequately placed on its original a1 square. That'd certainly save us a move (remembering that Rac1 was considered, to support the c2-c4 pawn advance).
Let's say we play 11. Rc1.
With the X-ray attack, towards White's Queen, primed to become a Discovered Attack, it seem less likely Black would play 11. ... c4, as not only would it get in the way of that potential attack on Qd2, it would give Black a very Bad light Bishop.
Looking at the position from Black's perspective, the b4 square is already 2x defended, with zero White unit applying any pressure whatsoever. Playing 11. ... b4 would only serve to add a third defensive unit - Black's Queen - and that's ON TOP OF the Discovered Attack in-waiting, via the a6-Bishop down to Qd2.
I can't see Black playing 11. ... Na5, as that removes one of Black's only two units attacking White's d4-pawn.
Nor do I see Black's QR moving to support Black's Queen (11. ... Rb8), as it's already in place to support a potential advance of Black's a-pawn.
I wonder whether Black might Castle Kingside (11. Rc1 0-0), to connect the Rooks and putting the King to one side. But, that might let us off the hook and allow use to regroup better around the Queenside of the board ...
Nah, on second thoughts, Black's King isn't under any pressure and there's no imminent need to strengthen the QR with its KR counterpart. With us having had to move our Queen twice, Black has the initiative (right?) and would probably want to keep turning the screw until ready to let rip against our Queenside position.
I think it could be 11. Rc1 b4 12. Qe1 (we'd have to move the Queen, as the Discovered Attack would have been triggered, coming from Ba6. We'd not move Qd1, as our d4-pawn is still good for back-up, while we don't have anything guarding a5, which our Queen would do from e1). So, then what from Black?
SELECTED MOVE: 11. Rc1
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