For beginners, our recommendation is quite simple: 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3, followed by O-O, Nbd2, b3 and Bb2 – that plan can hardly go wrong!
The main focus of Line 094 is the 5. Nc3 variation of the Schallopp Defense, since all other White’s moves at that juncture are rather unambitious.
Variation 5… e6 6. Nh4 is covered in our Lines 095-097, and the remaining options for White on 6th move are covered here.
6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 hardly poses any problems to Black, since it simplifies the position, which is clearly in his favor.
[Diagram: Black to Move] This is an opening trick that could be seen even in a few grandmaster games: Black to play and get a substantial advantage!
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