In this game, the last move made by white was Bg5 . Now it's black's turn. A software analysis shows that black is winning in this position with -2.51 evaluation. I am unable to spot the black's next best move ? Any kind of hint is appreciated !

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    The position is dead equal according to my Stockfish. There's no forced win for Black here. Are you sure it's -2.51 pawns, not centipawns or something?
    – Glorfindel
    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:41
  • I was looking this position through the online software evaluation chessboard of grandchesstour.org/live-2016-sinquefield-cup-grand-chess-tour If you want you can check this out ! Sep 9, 2016 at 7:06
  • Can you provide a direct link to the game / position?
    – Glorfindel
    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:25
  • 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Qe2 Nxe4 7.Qxe4 Nf6 8.Qd3 Bg4 9.Be2 e6 10.O-O Be7 11.Bg5 Sep 9, 2016 at 9:13

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This isn't a deep analysis using a computer, just my 'at a glance' thoughts.

Here are my observations:

  1. The pawn structure is typical for a Caro-Kann structure
  2. Black is a little cramped
  3. There is no forced win, so what you pick is a stylistic decision

These are the moves I would consider:

  • 1...Qc7 or 1...O-O are thematic in the Caro-Kann pawn structure
  • 1...Nd5 offering a trade of dark square bishops would help relieve Black's cramped position
  • 1...c5?! is too soon, but Black would like to get this move in sometime to challenge White's space advantage
  • 1...Bxf3?!, although exchanges a bad bishop, I think this is too soon, and I would prefer to keep the pressure on the knight

This seems to be a bug in the chessboard's engine. If you look at the engine's main line, you'll see that it is bogus. After 11... h6, White will never sacrifice his bishop.

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White is slightly better or at least equal. Black isn't threatening anything. Maybe there's a tactic involving playing e5 or c5 and giving white doubled f-pawns but that's not worth 2 1/2 pawns. Your engine is wrong. Analyze it with a modern engine like SF and let us know what it says.

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