A large part of playing chess is being able to evaluate a position. Usually it is not the person who can calculate the deepest that has the advantage, it is the person who can better evaluate the positions that will arise from the calculation. In this position, from a game I recently played, the material is even, but both players have certain advantages.
Which side would you rather be, black or white? Why? What advantages and disadvantages does each side have? I will list them below, but try to think of them before looking.
1. Has the potential for controlling a partially open A or B-file.
2. Bishops on neighbor diagonals.
1. Pawn Structure a little weakened (disadvantage for the end game).
2. Advanced pawns in castle position weaken king.
3. White-squared bishop and Queen blocked in.
1. Controls open E file.
2. Unobstructed bishops on long neighbor diagonals.
3. Invasive pawn structure with no exploitable weakness.
4. Safe king position.
1. White F pawn potentially may disrupt king position.
If I have missed anything or have wrongly evaluated the position please let me know. With this knowledge, we can come up with reasonable plans for White and Black.
White should seek to exchange pieces to alleviate the cramped position. He may also, if he can secure a safe king, play for counter-attack on the queen side.
Black should seek to exploit White's weakened king and try to transform his spacial and quality advantages into material advantages for a winning end-game.
It is Black's move. Do you see a tactic that will accomplish this goal?