Sometimes when you first look at a position you have a candidate move that you would like to play, but it doesn’t appear that it works, so you simply dismiss it.
Here’s a great example of such a position from a game of mine five years ago.
It’s black to move, and I really wanted to play 12…a4 here. But it looks like it just hangs to the knight, right?
I looked at 12…a4 13.Nxa4
Here of course I can sack the exchange, but I didn’t see a follow up. Yes, I can win the c pawn with something like 13…Bxc4 14.Bxc4 Nxc4
Without a doubt I’m a bit better here, but the attack is gone. It didn’t seem like enough so I just tossed 12…a4 aside.
What I should have done was look deeper. After all, there are other ways of undermining White’s pawn structure which don’t require me to sack the exchange at all.
Had I looked deeper, perhaps I’d have found the following:
Til Next Time,
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