[December 04, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
English Opening, The Stein Attack

[Line 039 : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qa4+]

The Stein Attack starts with an early queen check, where Black has two main choices: 5… Nc6 and 5… Bd7.

The first of them often leads to simplifications after 6. Ne5 Qd6 7. Nxc6 Qxc6 8. Qxc6+ bxc6, where Black should achieve comfortable positions.

The second of them usually continues with 6. Qb3 Nc6 7. d4 Bg7 8. e4 Bg4 ,which typically leads to complications, like in the main line with 9. Bb5+ c6 10. Ng5.

[Diagram: White to Move] Bishop sacrifice on g5 looks very tempting, but it’s necessary to play accurately to get a serious advantage.

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