Variation arising after 4… Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 is also very popular, and is covered in our Lines 231-234.
Sideline 4… Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bd6 is also a solid alternative, which we recommend to club level players.
In the main focus of this opening line is 4… Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bxd2+, where White has two responses: 6. Qxd2 and 6. Nbxd2. After trading the dark-squared Bishops, White has somewhat better development, but Black has good chances to maintain the balance.
[Diagram: White to Move] Though Black’s position is without obvious weaknesses, his King is poorly protected, which allows White to obtain a strong attack. How should he continue?
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