3... exd5 Capturing with the queen cannot be recommended. Black is simply worse after that.
b) 6. ♘f3 6... O-O 7. ♗e2 dxc4 As soon as White develops his light-squared bishop, it is typical to capture on c4 to gain a tempo. 8. ♗xc4 ( 8. O-O ♗e6 9. ♘g5 ♕d7 10. ♘xe6 ♕xe6 11. ♗f3 ♕a6 ) 8... ♘c6=
a) 6. c3 ♘ge7 ( 6... ♕e7+ 7. ♗e3 ; 6... ♘f6 7. O-O O-O 8. ♗g5 h6 9. ♗h4= ) 7. ♕c2 ( 7. O-O transposes to the line after 6. 0-0.) 7... ♗g4! 8. ♘bd2 ♕d7 Usually Black castles short, but he can also castle queenside and attack on the kingside by playing ...f6-g5-h5. 9. O-O h6 10. ♖e1 O-O 11. h3 ♗f5=
6... O-O This is the critical position of the line.
7. cxd5 wins a pawn temporarily.
8... ♘b6 attacks the pawn on d5.
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