[June 15, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
French Defense, Tarrasch Variation – Open System without 4. exd5

[Line 327 : 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 without 4. exd5]

As an alternative to the main 4. exd5 (Lines 328-329) players of White often opt for 4. Ngf3, where moves 4… cxd4 and 4… Nf6 are of about the same strength.

In case of 4… cxd4 5. Nxd4, Black is generally able to equalize with 5… Nf6 6. exd5 Nxd5, but 5… Nc6 can be seen more frequently. After 5… Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Nxc6, both 7… Bxc6 and 7… bxc6 lead to balanced positions.

The position arising after 4… Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. c3 Nc6 7. Bd3 is highly complex, where the d4-pawn is poorly protected, but in return White gets more space and a better piece development.

[Diagram: White to Move] Both sides are aiming at the opponent’s King, but the black King is more vulnerable. How should White organize the attack to gain a decisive advantage?

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