# Why is exposing my queen for capture better in this position (According to computer analysis)?

In one my of my game, the following position appeared (me white):

Computer analysis says that I should have played `Nf3` (exposing my queen being captured by the bishop). In the proposed scenario by the computer, the opponent will play `h3` (capturing my knight) and so I can capture his bishop with my queen.

But another scenario could occur, the opponent will capture my queen with the bishop and I can then play `Nf7` (something like the fried liver) and the opponent moves his queen and I can capture the rook (Or he can capture my queen and I capture the bishop with the rook but in this case he can then move his queen to prevent the somewhat-similar-to fried liver attack). But In such case, I think the opponent is in a better situation: He got my queen and I got a pawn and a rook (or a pawn and a bishop), He can no more castle but he has much more material so he can do well.

So why does the computer says that this is a better move? I tried `h3` to attach the opponent bishops but computer says this is not a good move!

An explanation for why such an analysis is valid is highly appreciated

• Is this the right diagram?
– user11382
Aug 19, 2017 at 2:59
• You can't play Nf3 in the diagram position, because your knight is already on f3.
– bof
Aug 19, 2017 at 3:04
– Herb
Sep 3, 2017 at 4:26
• I think you mean Nxe5 from f3. Sep 22, 2017 at 22:55

Your description of the computer's suggestions doesn't quite match the position, but if you mean the computer suggests Nxe5, that is correct, as Bxd1 leads to a variation of Legal's Mate.

1. Nxe5 Bxd1
2. Bxf7+ Ke7
3. Nd5#

1. Nxe5 dxe5
2. Qxg4

and white has won a pawn, and has a big lead in development.

• Could you please expand after Nxe5 dxe5? Aug 19, 2017 at 3:59
• @PabloS.Ocal done.
– Herb
Aug 19, 2017 at 4:03
• Note that after 1.Nxe5 dxe5 2.Qxg4 Nxc2 3.Rb1 soon followed by f2-f4, White doesn't actually wins a pawn, but he enjoys a great lead in development and initiative on the light squares. Aug 22, 2017 at 14:09
• Down voter care to add a comment?
– Herb
Oct 14, 2017 at 18:14
• There are cowardly stalkers who go around downvoting good answers. Jan 23, 2020 at 21:11