[December 15, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Torre Attack, Euwe Variation & Fianchetto Defense

[Line 078 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bg5]

Torre Attack is an interesting option mostly for club level players. White’s setup is pretty straightforward: Nbd2, c2-c3, e2-e4, Bc4 and O-O. On the other hand, after 3… Bg7 4. Nbd2 Black usually decides among the following plans.

By playing 4… O-O, Black allows his opponent to form a pawn center with e2-e4, but he intends to fight it later with d7-d6, and either c7-c5 or e7-e5.

The idea of 4… d6 is similar, yet after 5. c3 Black has an additional option in 5… h6 6. Bh4 g5 7. Bg3 Nh5.

In the Euwe Variation 4… c5 Black wants to exchange the c-pawns first and play d7-d5 sometime later  like in 5. c3 cxd4 6. cxd4 O-O 7. e3 Nc6 8. Bd3 d5, with a comfortable game.

Move 4… d5 is aimed against e2-e4. After 5. e3 c5 6. c3 Nbd7 the position should be roughly equal.

[Diagram: White to Move] Retreating the Bishop to g3 leaves Black with a good position. Can you find a better continuation for White in the diagrammed position?

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