Originally posted by stan3221
In the Ruy Lopez/Morphy Defense/Exchange Variation, after 5. Nxe5 the position looks like this:
After doing a little bit of research, I found that the most common response for black is 5. ...Qd4. I thought that the best response would be Qg5, but I can only find one game where that was actually played. Does anyone know why Qg5 would be inferior to Qd4?
central pawns are superior to wing pawns in the middlegame
after 6. Nf3 Qxg2 7. Rg1 Qh3 8. Rg3 the queen finds itself being chased around while white develops
After Qd4 and Qxe4, black has equality anyways (the point of the exchange on c6 is to created doubled a winning king and pawn endgame for white. To do this, he has to trade his d-pawn for the black e-pawn. Trading off both e-pawns completely kills the point of the variation.)