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tlay80

I've seen it some -- it's been a little trendy lately. But yes, not the Grand Prix.

Optimissed

I just took a look at it on the analysis tool. I think it isn't particularly good for white but pretty much the only move for black is the knight move, because black doesn't want downgraded pawns. The knight move is just a way of preserving black's structure and I think Zionist is right that black doesn't take on b5. So maybe Ne2. Black isn't threatening to win a piece by Qb6 until e6 has been played, so white has a move to think about things. I think it equalises for black but still leaves an unusual and possibly complex game, which may be to white's taste.

Of course, the GPA is 3. f4.

tlay80

I recently won a piece early in this line in a classical game.

Optimissed

That seems rather badly thought out by white. I think both sides should keep the pieces on until something becomes a bit clearer.

tlay80

Yup

Optimissed

I've been getting a lot of GPAs recently, especially over the past few days. They're quite slow but you really shouldn't play them like this was played a couple of games ago. People don't seem to realise that when they delay their deveopment, black effectively becomes white and will attack. 5 mins blitz.