2016-02-23 - Update Line 032[October 02, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
English Opening, Asymmetrical & Four Knights Variations

[Line 032 : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 without 3… e6]

Line 032 covers various choices for Black on 3rd move. The main variaton arises after 3… d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5, with several popular choices for White – 5. d4, 5. e4, 5. e3 as well as some rare sidelines. It can lead to very different types of positions ranging from sharp (e. g. after 5. e4 Nb4 6. Bc4 Nd3+ 7. Ke2, as played in some recent top games, like Aronian – Topalov, London 2015) to deeply strategical positions (e. g. after 5. d4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. Bf4, as seen in Aronian – Caruana, Wijk aan Zee 2014). The fact that Aronian outplayed these two super GMs in very convincing fashion shows that this line can be very tricky!

[Diagram: White to Move] Korobov – Timofeev, Sochi 2015. White missed a great opportunity to gain a significant advantage. Can you find it?

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