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pycroft 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Question I have a question about the game...

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Nc3 Bc5
4. Nxe5

Was this the correct move. In one way, white would capture a center pawn, but at the same time white also puts itself behind in development. What is the correct move in that situation?
gunnarsamuelsson 17 ( +1 | -1 )
yes Its the strongest move ..In Nimzos mind anyway..its called the fork-trick and it wins space(terrain) in the center..black could play nxe5 or bxf2 +
zdrak 39 ( +1 | -1 )
gunnar, Black could not play Nxe5 - There is no black knight on c6 yet, in case you haven't noticed ....

And to answer the original question:
Yes, 4.Nxe5 is the best move. Black is getting no edge in development. In fact , it's white who is getting the better development and the center after playing d2-d4 soon. Not to mention the extra pawn of course ...

Therefor, black's 3rd move was an error, and 3...Nc6 was better.

caldazar 96 ( +1 | -1 )
4. Nxe5 gives White a lead in development; it doesn't put him behind. White will also have better control over the center since he has an e-pawn, Black has no pawns in the center. So, 3... Bc5 is inaccurate; 3... Nf6 is more common and leads to an even position.

A common continuation is 4... Nxe5 5. d4 Bd6 (5... Bxd4 6. Qxd4 speeds up White's development even further while Black gives up one of his bishops in a wide open position; most other moves amount to a gambit of a Black pawn) 5. dxe5 Bxe5. White's development lead is going to show as he can quickly deploy his remaining minor pieces while Black still has to move his d-pawn to bring out his other bishop. Black has the option of playing ...Bxc3+, ruining White's pawn structure, but this drops Black even further behind in development, gives up a bishop in an open position, and gives White even more open lines for his pieces.
caldazar 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Just say zdrak's post and I too read that as 2... Nc6. Ignore me, zdrak has the right of it.
atrifix 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Also playable besides 3... Nc6 is 3... Bb4 (Russian Three Knights game).