Thursday, September 28, 2006

Chess Positions to Analyze

Robin Grochowski writes:

In a recent OTB game, I (playing white) reached the following position:


I spent too much time debating whether to take black's bishop with my pawn (dxe5) or my castle (Rxe5). I took with my castle. I took with the castle (Rxe5) because I was concerned that in the upcoming endgame, I did not want my bishop blocked with my own pawns. I did not want a bad bishop later in an endgame.
Any ideas from anyone whether Rxe5 was the best move? Perhaps taking with the pawn would have been better? But if taking with the pawn is better, why is it better?