[October 23, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
Nimzowitsch, St. George & Basman Defenses; Alekhine Defense without 4. Nf3

[Line 286 : 1. e4 without 1… c5, 1… e5, 1… e6, 1… c6, 1… d6, 1… d5, 1… g6]

Line 286 covers several offbeat openings, such as Nimzowitsch (1… Nc6), Owen (1… b6) & St. George (1… a6) defenses, as well as a significant part of the Alekhine Defense (lines that arise in the Alekhin Defense after 1… Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 are covered in our Line 287). Here you can find the Four Pawns Attack (1… Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. f4), which attacking players find particularly appealing. For those more positionally oriented we recommend the Exchange Variation (1… Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. exd6), which we consider quite promising for the players of White.

[Diagram: White to Move] S. Smagin – D. Šahović, Biel 1990. If Black could exchange a couple of minor pieces, he would reach a satisfactory position. To prevent this plan, Smagin came up with a nice way to launch a dangerous attack. What did he play?

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