|Diagram 1. White to move|
When you compare our comments, it looks as if we are looking at quite different positions. Which is a clear indicator of what our problem is. We see way too much possibilities. I saw an in essence simple position. Nc4 is hanging, and how am I going to round it up, with the knight or the bishop? Hence the title of this post. I had just one job. . . Choosing between 1.Nxc4 and 1.Bxc4
After thinking for more than three and a half minute I flunked it with 1.Bxc4. Based on some vague notion that "it was more active to attack Ba2".
Now let's have a look at this position in the light of my next post. Which black piece is the most immobile? Answer: the black knight. Why? It is hanging and immobile due to lack of time. White is to move first. That may sound silly, but that is because this is a silly position, with a knight already hanging. We start in the middle of something.
In order to decide between taking with the bishop or the knight, I must look at blacks possible counterplay. According to my hypothesis in the next post, counterplay can be only viable when it is geared around a sitting duck of mine. What is my most immobile piece? Definitely Ne6!
Counterplay will be directed to undermining e6. I must use Be2 as a defender of my king OR as a defender of e6. What I must definitely NOT do is exchanging my bishop against the desperado on a2.
Finally the position has become quite simple indeed.