The so-called Normal Defense of the Sämisch Variation starts with 5… O-O.
Our major variation covered in Line 153 is the Steiner Attack (6. Bg5), as it is the most important alternative to the main 6. Be3, covered in our Lines 154 and 155.
In our opinion, Black has a few choices that lead to satisfactory positions.
The most frequently played line is 6… c5 7. d5 e6, which leads to sharp Benoni-like positions, where Black has enough tactical resources to compensate for White’s spatial advantage.
Black can also opt for a Benko Gambit-type of position with 6… a6 7. Qd2 c5 8. d5 b5 9. cxb5 Nbd7, where, in our opinion, he gets sufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn.
From our recommendations for club level players we would like to draw your attention to the following promising line: 7… Nc6 8. Nge2 Rb8 9. Rd1 Bd7, followed by b7-b5.
[Diagram: Black to Move] Black has already sacrificed one Rook and the other one is hanging. Still, he has a way to get a nearly decisive advantage. How should he continue?
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