The Ivanchuk Defense (5… Ndf6) is rarely seen in modern practice, since here White gets better prospects in more than one way.
The main tabiya of this line of the Caro-Kann Defense occurs after 5… Nhf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4. Now moves 10… Nf6 and 10… c5 lead to positions that are in White’s favor, so 10… Qc7 is a more common choice. Variation 11. Qg4 Kf8 12. Be3 is a rarely played alternative to the usual 11. O-O b6 12. Qg4 where after 12… Kf8 moves 13. b3, 13. Qh4 and 13. Re1 deserve serious attention.
[Diagram: White to Move] V. Ivanov – V. Bachin, 2005. White has already made a Knight sacrifice and now needs to justify it. How should he proceed to get a substantial edge?
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