Game 67 "Long Term Compensation"

White to move, the knight is attacked, where to go? 


Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 11 months ago


My first thought was to play e5 and counter attack his knight, but after looking at a few lines, it didnt work out well for me. So I started looking at knight moves. Retreating the knightto a2 or b1  looks bad. e2 hangs the e4 pawn. So then I looked at b5, but after axb5, Nxb5 Qc6 giving my opponent full compensation for my sacrifice :/...

So through process of elimination, I looked at Nd5! 1. Nd5, exd5 2. exd5+, Be7 3. Nf5 and thing might get uncomfortable for my opponents king.

Full disclosure: I have heard in the past Nd5 is an idea used against the Najdorf and other Sicilian set ups, so I didnt spend long on the other moves.