In a book from J.Silman, I found this position:

 [FEN "r1qr2k1/p2bppbp/3p2p1/1p1P4/3B1P2/1B3Q1P/PPP3P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 17"]

 1... Re8 2. c3 h5 *

It deals with the rooks, white managed to semi-open the e column and will deploy a massive attack on it. My question is : why black does not play e7-e5? After dxe6 the white pawn is sufficiently attacked by black's forces, and if there is a global exchange on e6, the weakening of the black's castle does not seem to be dangerous.


It seems to me that after e5 and exchanges on e6 and g7 the d6-pawn is hanging ...

 [FEN "r1qr2k1/p2bppbp/3p2p1/1p1P4/3B1P2/1B3Q1P/PPP3P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 17"]

 1... Re8 2. c3 e5 3.dxe6 Bxe6 4.Bxg7 Kxg7 5.Bxe6 Rxe6 6.Rxe6 fxe6 7.Rxd6
  • ok, you're right. I did not saw this (I must confess I do not train my calculation skills as much as I should. – lolveley Apr 25 '15 at 18:06
  • Even if d6 weren't lost immediately, the general problem with solving the problem of a weak pawn on e7 by ...e7-e5 d5xe6ep and taking back with a piece is that then you will always have a new weak pawn on d6. – RemcoGerlich Apr 25 '15 at 20:05

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