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The Central Variation (3. e4) is the most direct approach against the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, as well as the most challenging for Black.
MacDonnell Defense (3… e5) is covered separately in our Line 060, and Line 059 deals with the remaining Black’s third moves.
Greco Variation (3… b5) doesn’t seem to give Black equal chances. He has an interesting exchange sacrifice at his disposal: 4. a4 c6 5. axb5 cxb5 6. Nc3 a6 7. Nxb5 axb5 8. Ra8 Bb7, but White should, after a few precise moves, claim advantage straight out of the opening.
Modern Defense (3… Nc6) resembles the Chigorin Defense, with Black knights pressing against White’s central pawns. After 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. d5 Ne5 6. Bf4 Ng6 both 7. Bg3 and 7. Be3 lead to positions preferable for White.
Alekhine System (3… Nf6) is the most critical line of the Central Variation. After 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 there are two major options for White: 6. Bd3 and 6. Bb3. Though accurate play is required from the players of Black, there are enough resources to get equal chances.
[Diagram: White to Move] Material is fairly balanced, but strong Bishop on e4 gives White reasons to hope for more. How can he get a big advantage in the diagrammed position?
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