Weekly Quiz No.8 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Weekly Quiz No.8 – Find the Plan (and Move)!

Over the summer, on each Saturday we will be providing a Weekly Quiz Question on Find the Plan (and Move)! This will be taken from an actual game position and you will be provided with a number of possible options but only one might be best! These will be different to the Puzzles as they do not lead to an immediate win or draw but will focus more on the right plan so we recommend that you spend 5 to 10 minutes considering the position.

There will be at least one better plan (and move) and one weaker plan (and move) with other plans (and moves) assessed as being somewhere in between.

Martin Simons welcomes your feedback on the weekly quiz and any game submissions you may have for inclusion.

In today’s position you have Black alongside one of England’s top Grandmasters, Jon Speelman, and your opponent is IM Jean-Pierre Boudre. The game was played in France in 1992 and you are about to play your 12th move.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Nf3 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Bd3 g6 10.c3 Bg7 11.Qe2 O-O 12.h4

Your options are:
A) Play 12…Rd8 which is the best square for the rook and prepares c5.
B) Play 12…b6 to place the bishop on b7, its best diagonal.
C) Play 12…c5 to counter White’s last move with immediate central play.
D) Play 12…h5 to take the venom out of White’s last h4 move.
E) Play 12…a6 to prepare b5, place the bishop on b7 and start attacking White on the queenside.