At the moment I'm doing the Chess Exam of Igor Khmelnitsky. I like the idea of the book very much. I'm very curious how my score will be. Doing the exam is positional training at the same time. Take for instance the following diagram:
White to move.
There are two multiple choice questions related to each diagram.
Question 1: Evaluate the position.
A. White is significantly better
B. White is slightly better
C. Nearly equal
D. Black is slightly better
Question 2: What is the best move?
Solution [Q1: A Q2:B]
If such position had occurred in one of my own games I wouldn't have realized that d6 is weak (my blind spot). You need somebody else to tell you that. That is why analyzing your own games all by yourself is of limited use. d6 is well restraint and cannot be pushed forward. Hence it is weak. I immediately dismissed Qh4 because it wrecks the white pawnstructure and I didn't see the point behind Rd2 at all.
You really need somebody else to show you what's in your blind spot. The black Queen holds the black position together. Blacks pieces are undeveloped, but that is a temporary advantage. So white must act quickly. With 1.Qh4, white attacks the only defender of the black pawns. The fact that it ruins your own pawnstructure is of less importance than that the black centre pawns will fall. 1.Ba5 and 1.f4 are both met by 1. ... Nc6.
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