[March 17, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Old & Alekhine Variations

[Line 058 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 without 3. e4]

Apart from the most direct approach 3. e4, covered in our Lines 059 & 060, White has two fairly popular options: 3. Nf3 and 3. e3.

After the Knight development with 3. Nf3, Black can transpose to Line 080 with 3… Nf6, or choose between other viable possibilities – 3… e6 and the Alekhine Variation (3… a6).

In case of the solid Old Variation (3. e3) Black has, besides the calm 3… Nf6 and 3… e6, a more concrete option in 3… e5, leading to an isolated d-pawn for White after 4. Bxc4 exd4 5. exd4.

[Diagram: White to Move] S. Pujos – Y. Afek, France 2003. Black’s last move was the careless 10… Ra8-d8, missing the strong reply leading to a winning position for his opponent. How should White continue and get an overwhelming edge?

Click here to see the line in our viewer…

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