[December 15, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
English Opening, Anglo-Gruenfeld Defence

[Line 009 : 1. c4 Nf6 without 2. Nf3, 2. d4]

Line 009 covers various variations for both sides, but mostly the Anglo-Grünfeld Defense (2. Nc3 d5). White usually continues with 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. g3 c5 5. Bg2 Nc7 and the Reversed Maroczy Bind occurs. Black gets more space, but White pieces exert considerable pressure on central squares.

The other popular plan for Black is an early kingside fianchetto with 4… g6 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. d3 Bg7. After Black plays Nc6, White can capture the knight and postpone the kingside development, which typically leads to more pleasant positions for White, mostly thanks to his better pawn structure.

[Diagram: White to Move] After a series of forced moves Black has emerged with a pawn up, but White has a chance to use his development advantage. How should he continue?

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