Move 5. Bb5+ leads to some simplifications after 5… Bd7 6. Qe2+ Be7, and Black should not have any difficulties to equalize here. The main option is 5. Ngf3, where 5… Nc6 is the topic of our Line 330, while the alternatives are 5… Nf6 (the main variation of this opening line), 5… a6 (our recommendation for club level players) and 5… c4 (in our opinion, this variation is promising for White).
After 5… Nf6 6. Bb5+ Bd7 move 7. Qe2+ is a playable option, but 7. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 Nxc5 is a more ambitious one. The critical position occurs after 10. Nb3 Nce4 11. Nfd4 Qd7 12. f3 Nd6 13. Nc5, where against both 13… Qc8 and 13… Qc7 White has means to obtain a slight edge.
[Diagram: White to Move] The only real drawback of the Black’s position is that his King is still in the center. So, White needs to act quickly to seize the initiative. What would you play as White?
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