The Anderssen Variation, starting with 5. d3, is quite a popular way to avoid many heavily explored variations of the Ruy Lopez. White mostly settles for equal positions, but doesn’t have to worry about more complex lines, such as the Open Variation, Marshall Attack or Closed Defense.
Black has more than one way to get satisfactory positions. He can make use of the fact that he still hasn’t develop black squared Bishop, and play 5… d6 followed by a kingside fianchetto, like in our main line: 5… d6 6. c3 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O.
The Duras Variation (5… d6 6. c4), later often followed by Bxc6, is a sideline that typically leads to a quiet game.
[Diagram: Black to Move] White is an exchange up and Bishop on d4 is hanging. How should Black fight for the compensation?
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