I agree but I'm also only half joking. Though it does look like white can hold there, if we bring black's kingside rook into the picture then it's indeed curtains. The thing I like about c4 is that white seems to have practically 0 play whereas black has a clear and relatively simple plan to make progress.
It definitely raises concrete issues that would need to be evaluate but I'm just shocked he seems to have not even considered the move. It feels antipositional but that has to be balanced out by how constricting it is on white's game. I've no idea if its the best move but it's certainly one I'd spend plenty of time deliberating.
Do it right: re: where his king should be? I think it will remain in the centre of the board in your plan. In your scenario - we are trading down pieces fast and I think king tempi's might be very important for black as ultimately he will be wanting to break on the kingside rather than the queenside after he has now made cxd.
The problem I see for black will be dark bishop. Ag - points out that all his pawns might end up on white squares as if that is a virtue I think the opposite if he does not trade dark square bishop off the fact black can manuevre and find stronger homes for his bishop and also pressure d8 a key file might be enough for white to hold.
In my scenario we are trading down pieces? I'm not sure what you mean. In the idea with c4 you not only keep more material on the board, you trade nothing - at all.
Playing on the kingside is very very undesirable for black in this position. His main edge is white's lack of anything tangible. Start trying to play on the kingside and white's pieces are going to be zooming all over the board. It's up to white to prove he can make progress on the kingside, not for black to do it for him!
As mentioned in my previous post, I'm aiming to trade bishop for knight because it seems like white's bishop will have trouble finding something to do in the current pawn structure. I'm going to play 16...Bc5, anticipating 17.Nxd4 Bxd4 18.Rxd4.
Black's knight is going to have to go back to a6 fairly soon if it wants to be involved in the game.
I'm thinking White should be playing for c2-c4 to exchange Black's extra centre pawn and kind-of open things up. So something like Nxd4 Bxd4 Rxd4 Na6 Kb1 Rc8 Rc1 Ke7 c4 Nb4 a3 Nc6 Rdd1 dc Rxc4 Rhd8 is likely. I guess this is so symmetrical it should be considered drawish, but White hasn't found any solution to his main problem and if the rooks come off he might suddenly be losing.
While white's bishop may be bad, there is nothing good about black's knight either. It doesn't have a good home to land at at the current moment and is probably as bad as white's bishop. What about Nb5 a4 Nc7, weakening white's queenside? Although then the bishop would have some better squares to go to.
I'm guessing he wants to trade bishop for knight here. I should probably do that. It is an indisputable, scientific fact that bishops are always better than knights, because the knight's only use is cheap tricks that you hope your opponent doesn't see in time.
That said, Tex is a better player than me, so he might just survive the BvN battle intact due to my own inabilities to live up to my noble piece's potential.
Do I have any other options? I'm kind of inclined to just ignore it and assume that I can always get that pawn back later, because that never ever goes wrong for me when I think like that.
At least that'll complicate up an otherwise boring position.
Rh3? f3? Bg5?
There's some interesting lines where he follows any of those moves with d3, Rxd3, Bxf2 and I've sacced a pawn but gotten that pretty, pretty f-file to play on. I don't know if he'd go for that or not, but this position is entirely too boring after exchanging everything on d4.
tl;dr: I'm bored with this game let's do something unsound. Gogogo!
most definitely not Rxd3 (both taking with d1 and h3 rooks suck, even after Bxf2 u can't instantly double on the f-file), but rather cxd3 and suddenly white's position is much more pleasant IMO since d4 is incoming and h3 rook is ready to swing wherever needed, while black might have trouble consolidating.
Three posts in less than half an hour after I moved just proves that I've succeeded in making the position interesting. Even if they are all probably just three different variations on "lol that is bad."
Also, YNW, your avatar is making my toddler crack up.
What kind of an evil little thing you have there..? :O
If he shows hate towards muggles you really should start getting worried right about now!
Worried? More like excited. My son could be a great leader who restores his people to their former greatness. I'll just warn him about not being tripped up by underestimating any nerdy little orphans and he's all good.