Sunday, February 24, 2013

Barber Invitational, Round 1

Here's yet another Najdorf nail-biter. In the position below, should Bryce McClanahan play 26...Bxe5? If not, what's Black's best move?

David Peng is becoming a problematic opponent for many of us :-)

1 comment:

Frederick Rhine said...

26...Bxe5?? 27.Bb5! is obvious and crushing. Black should play 26...0-0 (forced) 27.Bxg6 Bd5. I was worried about 27.Bc5 instead, but Houdini laughs that off with the exchange sac 27...Qc6! 28.Bxf8 Rxf8 with only a microscopic (+0.03) advantage to White. It says 28.Bd6! f5 29.Qe2 Rfe8 30.Bxb8 is a better way to take the exchange, but still only gives White a tiny (+0.18) edge.