Originally posted by Ramned
Analyzing in the opening cont'd
A) You can put the queen on e2.
B) You can put the Knight on h3.
C) knight to f3
D) Pawn to f3.
E) Queen to f3.
Key idea Your goal now is to choose which choice is best. How?
More to come...
So this is how you choose.
You know your goal is that f4 push. And it's pretty obvious that black is attempting to stop that (or go for check-mate in the process).
So which choice A-D best helps you get that f4 push AND helps approach that ideal position I mentioned in 2 posts above?
Eliminate Choice D. Moving the pawn to f3 is a possible move, but it gains you nothing. It blocks your knight and diminishes your planned bishop fianchetto: And it also kills your f4 push.
Now it's a bit harder.
Choice C seems O.K. because it develops the knight well. Problem is, it eliminates f4 altogether. ALOT of people would choose this move. But it's the wrong move because, although you develope, you lose your plan altogether.
Choice A seems even better to me than choice C. It actually is a playable move. Since it appears to be a playable move, you need to now flip the board and look at the response black may give!!!
Doing this, we see that if black plays N-c6, he is set up with a potential to really destroy your position.
See next post (to come) to see why Choice A is wrong.
I'm taking a break now, hope some of you get something out of it. And iron-dude, lol @ your post. I actually got to 1740
... heh, just joking. Keep in mind these posts I make are for novices who are not wishing to read the books at the moment (like myself).
To get to 1800 you need to have studied the game.