Friday, October 28, 2011

E-mail from Burkhard Forbrich

Dear Mr. West:

I have come to like your blog, especially as you mostly play openings preferred by Morphy and Fischer. What about 14.Nxc6 in your recent game against Fabbri?

Regards from Germany,

Burkhard Forbrich

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After the game, my opponent suggested 14.Nf3 as a way for White to keep his extra material, for example by 14...Qf6 15.Qg2. Your move 14.Nxc6 could lead to 14...Qc5 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.Rxe5 Bxe5 17.Qxe5 Be6 18.Be3 Qc6 19.Qg3, again with a material advantage for White. But, as I told Fabbri, I was more concerned with completing my development by 14.Bf4 (which led to a positional plus for me) than with holding on to material.