The quiet continuation in this variation (4. d3) is covered in Line 368, while 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 is another important option where Black gets good prospects with any of the following three moves: 5… d5, 5… Ne4 and 5… Ng4.
After 5… Na5 6. Bb5+, move 6… Bd7 is an interesting alternative to the more common 6… c6, and we recommend it to club level players. White has a choice among three possibilities after 6… c6 7. dxc6 bxc6, namely: 7. Bd3, 7. Be2 and 7. Qf3. The arising positions are generally very demanding, though Black typically has sufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn.
[Diagram: Black to Move] White King is in serious trouble. What is the best continuation for Black that leads to a forced checkmate in a couple of moves?
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