[August 30, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
French Defense, Tarrasch Variation – Open System (Main Line)

[Line 330 : 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 Nc6]

After the principal continuation 6. Bb5 Black can try 6… Qe7+ or 6… cxd4, but here White generally reaches better prospects without difficulties. The most common response is 6… Bd6, where after 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O Nge7 9. Nb3 occurs an important branching in the Tarrasch Variation of the French Defense.

Move 9… Bd6 leads to a dynamical position, where after 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bd3 h6 12. h3 Nf5 13. c3 White’s position is slightly preferable.

In case of 9… Bb6, the best way for White to fight for an edge is with 10. Re1 O-O 11. Be3, and after the trade of the dark-squared Bishops, White is a bit better in view of the weakness of the black d-pawn.

[Diagram: White to Move] R. Lutzenberger – A. Silva Filho, corr. 1998. How would you evaluate the position arising after 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Ng5?

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