[February 21, 2018] Updated Opening Line from Dragan Paunović:
English Opening, Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation

[Line 010 : 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 with 2… e6, 2… g6]

Two popular, yet substantially different, variations are examined in this line: 2… e6, aiming for the Nimzo-Indian/Queen’s Gambit Declined, or 2… g6, which is the choice of the King’s Indian Defense aficionados.

After 2… e6 3. e4 (Mikenas-Carls Variation) two moves are dominant choices of the players of Black, namely 3… d5 and 3… c5. Common continuations in these lines are the Flohr Variation 3… d5 4. e5 d4 5. exf6 dxc3 6. bxc3 Qxf6 7. Nf3 e5 and 3… c5 4. e5 Ng8 5. Nf3 Nc6, in both cases with mutual play.

If Black chooses 2… g6, White can either force the King’s Indian with 3. e4 d6 4. d4 or opt for the independent 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. e4, followed by Nge2 and short castling.

[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position occurred in several grandmaster games. Black has better pawn structure and he would be satisfied to develop his dark-squared Bishop and castle short. How should White fight his opponent’s plan and obtain a substantial advantage?

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