Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Two ICC Games with the Bishop's Opening


White to play and win.


What is White's strongest move?

The two positions above arose in recent ICC games that began with my favorite Bishop's Opening (C23), 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4. In the first game (see first diagram above), my opponent missed a chance to mate me after I tried to avoid a perpetual, then we ended up in the diagram above with White to move. I'll tell you that the first move is easy but the second is tricky (and very cute once you see the idea). The second game began 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.b4!? -- which is a lot of fun to play. You can find more analysis of this interesting line at my Bishop's Opening site.


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