In a game that I just played on Chess.com, we came to the position below.
White has just played Qe2, pinning Black’s e4 pawn. If you know this position, it’s clear why White has played Qe2–if he had played Ne5 instead, Black had Qd4, forking the two minor pieces. So White has found this seemingly clever way to keep his Bishop on a4 (maintaining the pin on the c6 pawn). I have to admit, this move is annoying, and if you’re not precise with Black, your initiative can quickly fizzle out.
The position is already getting critical. What is Black’s best response here? See the video below the puzzle for the solution and to see multiple pins in action from both sides.
Hint: Black does not have an immediate tactic, so think of the long-term potential of your pieces.
This line is not very good for White, but it is common at beginner and intermediate levels. And Qe2 is tricky, so watch the video below for the solution to the puzzle and to ensure that you are prepared as Black to punish White for his weak opening choice in this line.