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I black instead of 4. ... c6 simply castles (which was the case in my game) 5. e3 does not look that good.
Why do you think it doesn't look good?
It is the main response to that position for a reason. It brings in attacking ideas with a future possible d4. It allows Nge2 to further promote the possible d4 while not blocking the bishop and allowing castling.
5.ed5 Nxd5 6.Nc3?! Nb4 and I can already smell a wandering king (unless you play something like 7.Be4 and swap your light-squared bishop for a knight at no positional gain at all).
6.a3 must be better, but in this strange reversed Kan Sicilian the bishop is very well placed on c5.
@ baatti: The e3/Nge2 idea is perfectly playable after 4...0-0. It's supposed to be suspect using the move sequence 4...Nc6 5.e3 d5 6.cd5 Nb4, but fairly recently Chucky uncorked 7.Nf3!? against Svidler, which to my surprise looks like a good move- neither me, or my friend mr. Houdini were able to find something totally convincing for Black- factly, nothing more than vague "compensation for the pawn".
Fair enough, good points. Maybe I'll spend some time looking at 4. e3 d5 and see what a good response is, it seems like it shouldn't be a problem for white.
Have you people come to a cunclusion Yet?
Gentlemen the Queen.
i used to play e4, but know play d4 because thats what the queen plays..
black is solid, yes. but the dark squared bishop will be asked some questions in the middlegame that it might not want to answer...
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bc5 4.Nf3?! e4 when you have to enter 5.Ng5 (5.Ng1 is just too weird) Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Ng4+ 7.Kg1 Qxg5 8.Bxe4 Qc5+ 9.d4 Qxc4, when white has to prove that he has enough for his pawn. He probably has, but clearly enough this isn't the way to play for an advantage.
a good chess engine can win using the grobe....
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