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3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bd3

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ♘c3 ♘f6 4. ♗d3 This move can sometimes be seen on amateur level.

4... c5! is the typical reply. The pawn on d4 gets attacked - Due to the bishop on d3, it is not protected any more.

5. exd5

5. ♘f3 White develops quickly. Black needs to be precise here because he made a lot of pawn moves.

a) 5... c4 6. e5 ( 6. ♗e2 ♗b4 ) 6... cxd3 7. exf6 dxc2 8. ♕xc2 gxf6

b) 5... cxd4 6. ♘xd4 e5 7. ♘f3 ♗b4 ( 7... d4 ) 8. ♘xe5 ( 8. ♗d2 d4 ; 8. exd5 e4 9. ♗b5+ ♗d7 10. ♗xd7+ ♕xd7 11. ♘e5 ♗xc3+ 12. bxc3 ♕xd5 13. ♕xd5 ♘xd5 ) 8... O-O 9. O-O ( 9. exd5 ♖e8 10. f4 ♕b6!=/∞ ) 9... ♕e7 10. ♗f4 ♗xc3 11. bxc3 dxe4 12. ♗c4 ♗e6

After 5. dxc5 Black has two options: 5... dxe4 ( 5... d4 6. ♘ce2 ♘c6 ) 6. ♘xe4 ♘xe4 7. ♗xe4 ♕xd1+ 8. ♔xd1 ♗xc5 9. ♔e2 ♘d7= Black has no problems. 10. ♘f3 ♘f6 11. ♗d3 b6 12. ♗b5+ ♔e7 13. ♘e5 ♗b7 14. f3 a6 15. ♗a4 b5 16. ♗b3 ♗d6 17. ♘d3 ♖ac8 18. c3 a5 19. a3 ♖hd8 20. ♗e3 ♘d5 21. ♗d4 g5 22. ♖ac1 h5 23. g3 h4 24. gxh4 gxh4 25. ♗f2 ♖h8 26. h3 ♖h5 27. ♗d4 ♖g8 28. ♖cg1 ♖g3 29. ♗xd5 ♗xd5 30. ♘e1 ♖f5 31. ♗f2 ♗c4+ 32. ♔d2 ♖d5+ 33. ♔c1 ♗f4+ 34. ♔c2 ♖d2+ 0-1 Guseinov,G (2625)-So,W (2640), Chanty-Mansijsk 2009

5. e5 cxd4!=/+

5... cxd4 is much more agressive than 5...exd5.

6. ♘b5

6. ♗b5+ ♗d7 7. ♗xd7+ ( 7. ♕xd4 ♗xb5 8. ♘xb5 ♘xd5=/+ 9. ♘e2 ♘c6 10. ♕a4 a6 11. ♘bd4 ♘b6 12. ♘xc6 ♘xa4 13. ♘xd8 ♖xd8 14. O-O ♗e7 15. b3 ♗f6 16. ♖b1 ♘c3 17. ♘xc3 ♗xc3 18. ♗a3 f6 19. ♖fd1 ♔f7 20. ♔f1 ♗a5 21. ♗d6 ♖d7 22. ♖d3 ♖c8 23. b4 ♗d8 24. ♖b2 e5 25. ♗c5 ♖xd3 26. cxd3 b6 27. ♗e3 b5 28. ♔e2 ♗e7 29. ♗d2 ♔e6 30. ♔d1 ♔d5 1/2-1/2 Steinitz,W-Blackburne,J, Wien 1873) 7... ♕xd7 8. ♕xd4 ♘c6 9. ♕d1 ( 9. ♕a4 ♘xd5 ) 9... exd5=/+ with a very good isolated pawn. Both ...d4 and ...Bb4 look tempting.

6. ♘ce2? e5=/+ and the pawn on d5 cannot be defended.

6... ♗c5N White would like to capture the pawn on d4 with his knight. Black plays ...Bc5 with the idea to chase the knight to the bad square a3.

7. ♘f3 O-O

7... e5

8. O-O

8. dxe6 ♗xe6 9. ♘fxd4 ♗g4 10. ♘e2 ♖e8 11. O-O ♘c6=/∞

8. ♘bxd4 e5! This is the key move. 9. ♘b3 e4 10. ♘xc5 ♕a5+ 11. ♘d2 exd3 12. ♘xd3 ♗g4 13. f3 ♖e8+

8... e5 This move is important. Black temporarily sacrifices the e-pawn in order to chase White's knight from b5 to a3.

9. ♖e1

9. ♘xe5 a6 10. ♘a3 ♕xd5 11. ♗f4 b5=/+

9... a6

9... ♗g4

10. ♘a3 b5 Black has reached his goal. White's Knight on a3 is badly placed. Black loses the pawn on e5, but wins back the d5-pawn. Black's position is very good.

11. ♖xe5 ♕b6 12. ♖e1 ♗b7=/∞


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