In the position below I dismissed the move 1. ... Bxe4 because I had the feeling "that can't be good".
Black to move and win.
My 3 points analysis:
- Invasion squares: e4 and a2
- Overworked piece: Nc3 defending e4, e2 and a2
- Possible counter attacks by: Rg1 and Bd3
Since the threat is stronger than the execution, I must not take away the threat of the bishop by trading it.
That is pretty vague, but we are talking about feelings here. When I started to analize the move, I could proof that the move 1.Bxe4 was bad indeed, but for a different reason!
The point is that after 1. ... Bxe4 2.Nxe4 Nxe4 3.Rxg7+! white has a decisive counter attack. For instance 3. ... Kxg7 4.Qe3 attacking h6 and pinning Ne4
This counterattack never crossed my mind when "intuitively" dismissing 1. ... Bxe4. If I take the same position as above but I put the rook at h1 instead of g1, the counterattack is ruled out. All of a sudden the move 1. ... Bxe4 becomes winning too!
This means that I'm just deceiving myself when I talk about "my chess intuition". At least in this position.
Painful yet instructive.
Maybe I must investigate the statement
When your intuition strikes up but you can't back it up with a narrative, you are probably wrong:)