[October 31, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
Queen’s Gambit Accepted, McDonnell Defense

[Line 060 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5]

In the last couple of years, the Queen’s Gambit Accepted has been losing its popularity, and the main reason behind that trend is the dangerous Central Variation with 3. e4.

Line 060 covers the McDonnell Defense (3. e4 e5), which is one of the most topical responses to the Central Variation. After the principal reply 4. Nf3 Black has tried 4… Bb4+, but White gets better prospects here with 5. Nc3 exd4 6. Nxd4.

For that reason, Black usually continues with 4… exd4, and against 5. Bxc4 players of Black have recently found resources to obtain roughly equal chances in the 5… Nc6 line. The other option 5… Bb4+ does not look as promising, since White gets more than sufficient compensation for the pawn after 6. Nbd2 Nc6 7. O-O

[Diagram: White to Move] Goldin – Rublevsky, Niksic 1997. Goldin missed a golden opportunity to launch a promising attack. What was the proper way to proceed as White?

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