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The Richter-Veresov Opening, occurring after 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 is our recommendation for beginners. This line is rarely seen in grandmaster practice, since it’s considered to give Black comfortable play in many ways, for example with 3… Nbd7 4. Nf3 g6.
One of the lines that have recently gained in popularity (especially in blitz games) is the London System 2. Bf4. Our Line 073 are covers its lines where White does not play Nf3: this setup is almost universal for the players of White – the fact that they can implement it regardless of Black’s plan makes it easily adoptable among beginner and club level players.
Major part of the Line 073 deals with the Trompovsky Attack 2. Bg5 without 2… e6 (Line 074) and 2… Ne4 (Line 075). There are two particularly important lines that we cover here: the dynamic 2… c5, and the more strategic choice – 2… d5.
[Diagram: White to Move] It’s “to be or not to be”! Black has just taken a knight on d4 and his opponent cannot recapture it. However, there is another promising option, which even leads to a substantial advantage for White.
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