Originally posted by geo86012
I would definitley keep the knight on a8 rather than trying to save it because:
White must use two moves to take it.
My idea on move 15 would be (of course White is completely winning here)
I was also thinking about the 'two moves to take the a8 Knight' PLUS the fact that it is an incredibly useless place for black.
The problem is a question of value: Sure it takes two moves to take the knight, but you can trade the knight for two pawns, a wrecked queenside and pot shots at your leisure attacking the black queen.
One thing I didnt calculate was using it to force the king to take, stopping black from castling and ruining any chance of a retreat to the king side. But white is just winning all over the place in that first game. Even if black castled the threat of the always embarrassing back rank mate looms always due to being a whole rook down.
edit: I am going to insert your game idea as a pgn
invalid pgn: You've got 21 Ra8 Qc6 (Rook goes to a1 not a8, Queen cant go to c6 as there is a Knight there)
edit2: Actually, this whole idea doesnt work. Am I missing some move order or something?