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The Hedgehog Variation of the English Opening, though a bit passive, is very a flexible opening for the players of Black.
In recent years 7. Re1 with the idea e2-e4 gained in popularity. For club level players we recommend 7… d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5, where Black has good chances to equalize. The alternative is 7… d6, which leads to more complex positions, but also demands accuracy from both sides, though perhaps a bit more from Black.
From several setups that are easy to adopt for the players of White, we recommend 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2, followed by e2-e3, Qe2, Rfd1 and d2-d4.
[Diagram: White to Move] Black King is temporarily exposed, so it’s the right time for White to start the action!
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