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A position after the Caro-Kann 4...Bf5 variation

White to move -- Can white win a pawn? A very similar position came up in a game of mine against Malcom in the chess club (except then, the white(my) king was at c1 instead of b1) and hence the same combination that I tried to win a pawn was a blunder!!


  1. I guess 1.Ne6: Qe6: 2.Rhe1 which wins the pawn It would not work if white K was on c1 because of possibility of attacking B and even a2 pawn is vulnerable.

  2. Yes, but in the figure, the variation is longer with 1.Nxe6 fxe6 2.Rxd7 Rxf4 3.Rxe7 Rxf2 4.Rxe6 Qxe6 5.Qxf2 and white is a pawn up.