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3.b4 is the only real try for an advantage, but it's quite risky.
Isnt 3.e3 very risky as well?
3..c5 then 4.b4 with quite a serious initiative as this is a blumenfeld gambit, but up a tempo.
3..nc6 then 4.b4 dxe3 5.fxe3 anyways with very unclear complications (5..e5 leads to very strange play where white has a crazy space advantage, but his position has tons of weaknesses but 5..Nxb4 d4 c5/e5 a3 is always interesting, I think black is fine in these systems, but he has to wait for white's "initiative" to dissapate), tbh ive never seen anything good happen after 4.exd4
3..dxe3 is horrible for black btw, he is down a few tempos compared to a normal blumenfeld, and white has this for no material loss.
After 3.b4, I know 3..g6 gives white an extraordinary benoni, but 3..f6 is the best move somehow with some crazy 4.e3 e5 5.c5 (5.b5 leads to DEAD drawn, i have tried this multiple times, with not one win against same level opposition), and what now...? a5 probably, but from what ive heard, this is not good for white.
I always had the impression that 3.c5 is less than harmless. What does Mikhalchisin recommend after 3...e5?"
Please note Mikhalchisin wrote the article dealing with 1.Nf3 Nf6. The article dealing with 3.c5 was written by Bosch.
Quoting from the article; after 3...e5 comes 4.Nxe5 Bxc5 as in [THIS GAME]
I usually play the Barcza (2. g3) instead of the Reti (2. c4)... and I've had fair success with it.
Yeah, kramnik's game against Aronian was a very nice way of showing white's plan: KEEPING PIECES ON THE BOARD, in way too many openings there are pieces exchanged early...hardly cares about black's equality.
And white had won that game
5...Be7 looks better that 5...Bd6, and then 6.Qa4+ c6 looks more exact than Khenkin's 6...Nd7.
If you like playing a line where white has some trouble getting an equal game around move seven or so, then go on.
As far as I'm concerned, 3.c5 is busted as a try for any sort of (white) advantage after 3...e5.
Deep Rybka 4 x64 recommends 5...Bd6
...and Yereslov recommends 5...Bf8. So?
Do you really trust Rybka to pick an opening move?
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