In one my of my game, the following position appeared (me white):enter image description here

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

  • 2
    Is this the right diagram?
    – user11382
    Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 2:59
  • 5
    You can't play Nf3 in the diagram position, because your knight is already on f3.
    – bof
    Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 3:04
  • don't forget to mark my answer as accepted, if it answered your question.
    – Herb
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 4:26
  • 1
    I think you mean Nxe5 from f3.
    – Ywapom
    Commented Sep 22, 2017 at 22:55

1 Answer 1


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#

If, instead,

  1. Nxe5 dxe5
  2. Qxg4

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

  • 1
    Could you please expand after Nxe5 dxe5? Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 3:59
  • @PabloS.Ocal done.
    – Herb
    Commented 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.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 14:09
  • Down voter care to add a comment?
    – Herb
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 18:14
  • There are cowardly stalkers who go around downvoting good answers. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 21:11

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