Originally posted by greenpawn34
Never take the QNP with the Queen
Only if you can win a pawn and Knight, yes? 😀
Seriously, this is good advice in a majority of the cases. The two dangers are:
1. YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE YOUR QUEEN! (Yes, I'm shouting, it is that important.)
2. Your opponent can develop pieces that attack your Q while she has to flee. It would not be unusual for your opponent to get 2 or 3 pieces out which is the same as 2 or 3 free moves. Are you good enough to give your opponent 2 or 3 free moves?
However, a pawn is worth a little trouble (Tarrasch?). If you understand the <serious> downside to grabbing the b-pawn in most situations, then you can evaluate the possible benefits of the steal in the position in front of you. They are:
1. material (a pawn is a pawn is a pawn)
2. brings about an isolated a-pawn and possible isolated/backward c-pawn for your opponent
3. you have a very active Queen perhaps ripping through a defense that is not quite ready, mistakes by your opponent may give you more than a pawn
Perhaps evaluate it like this:
1 Does the Rook moving to the b-file trap the Queen or can your Queen be chased around by your opponent's minor pieces? No brainer, don't do it.
2 Is MY b-pawn protected? Nothing worse than the enemy Rook moving to the b-file and snapping off my pawn when my Queen moves out of the way.
3 Am I ready to play an open game? Do I trust my tactical sense?