White to play...would you Bxh7+?
This is one of my games from the Westfield Quads last Sunday. I did decide to sac my bishop. I went more on feeling because I couldn’t calculate any winning variations but figured there must be some hidden attack once I got a few moves into it. It just felt right to sac the piece, but once I reached this…
White to play
...I second guessed myself. What did I have to show? I can bail out and take his rook on f8 and maintain somewhat material equality, but I am left with such horrible pieces. With Game 45, I felt I was forced to play that so I could use the rest of my time to dig myself out of the hole I put myself in. After running this position thru Fritz, I found that Nxf8 is fourth best(?!) Fritz still gives me an advantage, but from a human standpoint, a very difficult game lies ahead. Two stronger moves are Nxc7 and Ng5+, both still with the similar dilemma. These moves pale in comparison to what Fritz suggests as a winning move. Sacrificing a piece for a positional edge with no immediate winning back of material is a difficult thing to swallow. What does Fritz do when he reaches this position? It's no surprise he chooses to sac yet another piece. Do you see it?