The old move 8… Nf6 is rarely seen nowadays since it leads to positions with better prospects for White. Another option 8… Nb4 is employed more often, where 9. cxd5 and 9. Re1 are the alternatives to the main 9. Be2. After 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3, the ensuing position represents an important branching in the Petroff Defense.
The most promising 10… Bf5 is examined separately in Line 357, while 10… Be6 represents another highly explored continuation. Now, after 11. Be3, Black is able to obtain roughly equal chances by playing 11… Bf5 with the idea of capturing with Nxc3, followed by Nc2. The critical variation occurs after 11. Ne5 f6 12. Nf3, where White typically gets a slight initiative.
[Diagram: White to Move] How should White proceed from the diagrammed position to gain a decisive advantage?
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