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On 16 Jul 2003 09:26:49 -0700, (Claus Heier)
I am analyzing the following position in an English Opening (Hedgehog
r3r1k1/1bqnbppp/pp1ppn2/8/2PNP3/1PN3P1/PB3PBP/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 14
I found a few games that contained the sacrifice 14.Nd5 with the
a) 14.Nd5 exd5 15.cxd5 Nc5 16.b4 Bf8 17.bxc5 bxc5 18.Nf5 with the
result 1-0 after 40 moves
b) 14.Nd5 exd5 15.cxd5 Qd8 16.Nc6 Bxc6 17.dxc6 Nc5 18.c7 Qc8 19.e5
dxe5 20.Bxa8 Qxa8 21.Bxe5 Rc8 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Qd6 with the result 1-0
after 41 moves
Does White have enough to win, especially in game a? Or should Black
BTW, I would not trust computer analysis, as they would not even find
the move 14.Nd5.
If nothing else, it may be just an example that computer analysis does
not help much.
Since continuation b) results in a position with more or less material
equality (B+N vs. R+P) and White having a strong initiative, perhaps
Black should not try to hang on to the material so hard. After 18.c7
he can play 18....Qxc7 and although White can win back the pinned
knight e.g., 19.b4 Rad8 20.bxc5 dxc5, Black remains a pawn to the
good. Although White does have the two bishops and some initiative.
I think Black can consolidate his material plus.