[December 28, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
English Opening, Symmetrical Variation (Geller)

[Line 034 : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 e6 4. d4 without 4… d5]

The Geller Variation in the English Opening, which occurs after 4… cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. g3 Qb6, has been frequently employed among the top level players in recent years.

Besides the classical 7. Nb3, there is also a modern option beginning with 7. Ndb5, where those who want to avoid critical theoretical lines can also choose a decent sideline (7… d5), with good chances for equality. For the well-prepared and ambitious we suggest 7… Ne5, when White gets to choose between two sharp choices: 8. Bf4 Nfg4 9. Qa4, like in the following recent games: V. Topalov – F. Caruana, Moscow 2016, or H. Nakamura – S. Karjakin, Zurich 2015, where Karjakin quickly lost because he forgot a forced line that ends in perpetual check.

The other popular choice against 7… Ne5 is 8. Bg2, which typically leads to equally demanding theoretical lines.

[Diagram: White to Move] This preview brings a powerful idea introduced by Kramnik in his game against Anand from the Monte Carlo (rapid) in 1994. How can White gain a lasting initiative in the diagrammed position?

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