Originally posted by Thomaster
White can't save his c-pawn after 23... Nd6, so why not making our knight more active?
I vote for 23. ... N-d6
I've been trying hard to avoid comments like this. Give concrete lines and then try to evaluate the end position.
And white's c-pawn is lost either way really; we're not fighting for a pawn, we're fighting for initiative.
Edit: Here's my last comment from the previous thread.
Now it's time for some very thorough analysis:
23.exd5 Nd6 24.c5 Qxc5 25.Qxc5 Rxc5 26.Rc1 Rxd5 27.c3
23.exd5 Qxc4 24.Qxc4 Rxc4 25.Rd1 Nc7
This is what we have so far. How deep can we take these lines?
The first line: 26.Rc1 isn't forced. The idea is to play c3 though.
And 26...Rxd5 isn't forced either; we have Kh7 or Nc4 as decent options. Nc4 is the most forcing so I'm going to continue some preliminary analysis. 26...Nc4 27.Rb8+ Kh7 28.Bg1(Bf2 also possible) and now we can choose between Rxd5, Be5 looks tricky, or a5? (save the pawn from Rb7 fork?) maybe? Be5 is more forcing. 28...Be5 29.Rb7 Rxd5 now 30.Rd1 or c3 is forced. I think c3 will allow white to untangle, but 30...Bg3 may hold for us. Needs a look over by a stronger player.
After the latter line my guess is white will play 26.d6 or 26.Rb8+. I've stated before that I prefer this line because white can't play c3 yet. I think this may be a better variation. I'll just look at white's most forcing moves 26.d6 exd6 27.Rb8+ Kh7 28.Rb7 and I'm not sure what we play here:a5 or a6, Rxc2, Ba4 or Be6 or Bc8 or any bishop move other than Bg4. We have plenty of possibilities so one of them is bound to be good.
Anyways, we're tying down white's bishop, knight, and rook in this second line so it's my favorite.
P.S. I'm not being mean Thomaster, I would just like to see your plans after Nd6.