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Slav refuted by sound gambit?

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #21


    JamesColeman wrote:

    I've looked at this line from White's perspective in the past. I concluded that Black does have decent play. If white wants to be pragmatic, he should just go 5.Nf3. Then after ...e6 (which is basically Black's only consistent move) you transpose into another main line. White secures his normal opening advantage with 6.Nh4 with well analysed play (hundreds and hundreds of GM games).

    As you've already observed, there's no point walking the tightrope of the sharp positions where white is a pawn up and needing extreme accuracy.

    If they're following Avrukh, they'll play 5.Nf3 a6!?, which is a new trend that has been catching on lately.

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