[November 28, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
Four Knights Game, Spanish Variation – Rubinstein Variation (incl. Marshall Gambit)

[Line 375 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nd4]

With the increased popularity of the Berlin Defense, many Anti-Berlin lines have become heavily explored, including the Four Knights Game.

The Rubinstein Variation, starting with 4… Nd4 leads to dynamic positions where Black often leaves the e5-pawn hanging and plays for the compensation. The most topical response for White is accepting the challenge, like in the main line with 5. Ba4 Bc5 6. Ne5 O-O, also known as the Marshall Gambit.

[Diagram: Black to Move] White is behind in development, which gives Black the possibility to gain serious advantage, with the help of a petite tactics!

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