Line 088 mainly deals with the Schlechter Variation (4… g6). The fact that the e-pawn is already on e3 is generally in Black’s favor, because White’s dark-squared Bishop cannot be deployed on f4.
Move 5. Nc3 is the most active reaction for White. After 5… Bg7 the main move 6. Be2 can be found in Line 089. Against the alternative plan that begins with 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O Black can trade his light-squared Bishop for the Knight on f3 with 7… Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e6. White thus gets to keep the bishop pair, but Black has a solid position without weaknesses.
[Diagram: Black to Move] Black has sacrificed the e7-pawn, and now the Rook on f8 is under attack; what is the best way for him to continue?
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