Miles Variation (4. Bf4) is a line that’s generally suitable for beginners, since White’s plan is easy to grasp: it typically includes e2-e3, h2-h3, Bd3(e2), O-O and Nbd2(c3).
Spassky Variation (4. e3) is another line for White that’s not particularly ambitious. Black has several decent responses, and 4… Bb7 is the most natural choice among them. In the position arising after 5. Bd3 d5 6. b3, Black has a few moves of about the same strength at his disposal. Move 6… c5 leads to a rather symmetrical position, while some other popular options here are 6… Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. Bb2 Nbd7 and 6… Bb4+ 7. Nbd2 c5.
[Diagram: White to Move] A. Blees – H. Grooten, Eindhoven 1983. White has a strong initiative and his piece activity allows him to gain a decisive advantage. What would you propose?
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