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This may sound a stupid question. We know that in chess openings, sometimes the sequence of moves are important, i.e. "a then b" is different from "b then a". However, I have tried looking up this starting moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 and realised that the overwhelming choice for Black's 4th move is Nf6. However, after running 4...e6 on a couple of chess engines, it seems playfing e6 followed by Nf6 is OK.
My question is, is it really OK? If not, what is the sharpest response to 4...e6?
Appreciate feedback. Thanks!
Allows c4 with a maroczy bind type system where you are playing more of a hedgehog than a sicilian.
Allows c4 with a maroczy bind type system where you are playing more of a hedgehog than a sicilian."
Thanks! 5.c4 looks interesting. The lack of Nf6 allows the postponing of the defence of e4.
On a side note, in the hedgehog 7. g3 might be a bit better than 7. Be2, but it depends on preference.
A very clear explaination of this opening and veriations. Hats off to shepi13!