Line 226 deals with Black’s various choices on 7th move, excluding 7… c6, which is covered in our Line 227.
Nothing says better of the reputation of this line as the fact that it was the main opening weapon of Karjakin in his recent conquest of the Candidates Tournament in Moscow: not only did he played it with Black pieces against Nakamura, Topalov, Caruana and Giri, he also employed it as White in his victory against Nakamura!?
[Diagram: White to Move] D. Lintchevski – E. Alekseev, Tyumen 2012. White has a nice way to make use of the unstable position of the black knight. How should he continue?
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