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.
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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