GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
Bent Larsen's 8-Point Method
for Assessing Moves
8. Which moves are worth taking a look at?
These are your candidate moves. Analyze them more deeply and make the best move.
(KW, August 16th) Moves worth taking a look at:
Candidate Move 1: 13. Nd6 Bxd6 14. exd6 Qxd6 ...
... loses a pawn, and opens the Kingside to Black.
Candidate Move 2: 13. a3 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 Qxe5 15. Qf3 Nf6 ...
... and Black has successfully captured the center and a pawn, and protected the Kingside.
Candidate Move 3: 13. h4 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 Qxe5 15. Qf3 Nf6 ...
... and again Black has successfully captured the center and a pawn, and protected the Kingside.
Candidate Move 4: 13. Ng5 Bxg5 ...
... Strategically it is sound, but tactically it does not work.
Candidate Move 5: 13. Nxc5 Bxc5 ...
... loses Knight for a pawn. Not a good trade, but keeps center intact.
Candidate Move 6: 13. Ned2 ...
... We will lose 2 tempi, but the position is salvageable. Need to go the other way on the Kingside, Nd2-f1-h2-g4, as in regular King's Indian Attack. 2 tempi is better than a pawn (generally =3 tempi) in 13. Nd6 variation, and keeps the center closed. The Knight also defends light squares. Also hinders a c4 push by Black. Pieces are better coordinated.
Candidate Move 7: 13. c4!? ...
... (an intermezzo move taking advantage of the fact that this Knight has few squares to move to - move derived from the Point Count analysis above, and that we need to remove possible defenders of the Kingside).
Now, Black has several choices:
(KW, August 16th) OK, I've changed my mind. We should move c4!? as it seems to be the best.
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