[August 11, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Queen’s Gambit Declined, Harrwitz Attack – Main Line with 7. c5

[Line 255 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5]

In the initial position of this opening line Black’s most frequent choice is 7… c6, while 7… Ne4 and 7… Nh5 are also reasonable alternatives.

After 7… c6, White usually opts for 8. Bd3, where both 8… b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 and 8… Nh5 9. b4 Nxf4 10. exf4 b6 lead to positions with roughly equal chances.

Move 7… Ne4 is  connected with a different plan: Black proceeds either with Nxc3, b7-b6 and Nf6, or f7-f5 sometimes followed by g7-g5, with counterplay.

The idea of 7… Nh5 is clear – to trade that Knight for the well-positioned Bishop on f4. White maintains a slight space advantage after 8. Be2 Nxf4 9. exd4 c6, but Black has a bishop pair to compensate for his slightly cramped position.

[Diagram: White to Move] White has already sacrificed a piece to launch an attack against the black King. How should he proceed?

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