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About the Opera house game, like I have previously posted, it is pretty interesting for blitz or low-level tournament play to try 3...Bg4?! 4.dxe5 Nc6!? as a gambit.
I used to play this sometimes as black (with 4...Nd7 instead) but consistantly got into trouble after 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.Be2 Qe7 7.Nd4! Bxe2 8.Qxe2. The knight coming to f5 is a headache, and 8...g6 is somewhat artificial with the DSB on d6. Maybe 6...Ngf6 is a better try......
He said with 4...Nd7 instead.
I think we see why 4...Nc6 makes more sense :)
I agree. This is why I gave up 4...Nd7. After 4...Nc6, the pin 5.Bb5 is not a problem for black, so white's best may be 5.Nc3. But after capturing either way on e5, black already looks almost equal! Caramba! Stop the presses! Cancel my rhumba lessons! Call Philidor himself!
I just play my normal Italian Game. Then I play c3 then d4. This has been working well.
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