“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
This week I would like to share with you the preliminary results of some home analysis done together with one of my students. If you are interested to know more about the Two Knights Defence, Max Lange Attack this could be of help. Here is the position we were looking at and found interesting:
Having the above game as a starting point, we began looking into better options for Black. Would like to point out that we were analysing this without any help from the engines. This way we were simulating as much as possible normal play. Of course in the end all analysis would be subject to verification by the engines. The point is not to make that the main priority for two reasons: first of all you won’t learn too much and secondly you won’t be playing like an engine in a normal game anyway.
The above was not very convincing, so we moved on to the next try. How about some exchanges? Would Black fare better? You be the judge.
The last try of the session was to see what could happen if Black took care of the pin. It went down even worst. Have a look below. Would you be able to find better play for Black? If you do and care to share it with us, please don’t be shy. It feels very unusual to see Black being in such a bad position at move 11.