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I wasn’t sure what opening this was but with most of the center pawns gone, I guessed a double KP opening, I later discovered this is a position from the Danish Gambit. Black’s Q is attacked and must move, since there are no tactical tricks available. Capturing the White d-pawn with the Q is a blunder met by 10. Bxc6+ and Black can resign (this actually happened in the game Levy-Martinez Vaca, 1972!). Following the principle of moving a piece to the most forward square possible, the move 9 …Qc4 comes to mind, both preventing White from castling and threatening 10 …Bxc3+ next move. I looked up the position and found the game Marshall-Capablanca (among many others) and in that game Capablanca played 9…Qc4. This seems to be the most common move for Black in the position.
I really like this idea, to help analyze positions that are not purely tactical. Thank you!
Welcome 🙂 And well done on your thoughts 🙂 .