[October 12, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
Ruy Lopez, Closed Defense – Anti-Marshall Variation with 8. a4 Bb7

[Line 396 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 Bb7]

After 9. d3, which is the only principal choice for White, move 9… Re8 is an appropriate alternative to the most common 9… d6. Players of White have tried several moves against d6, and the following three (10. Nc310. c3 and 10. Nbd2) are the most popular.

In case of 10. Nc3 Black gets even chances with 10… Na5 11. Ba2 b4 12. Ne2 c5, while after 10. c3 the same plan 10… Na5 11. Ba2 c5 also leads to a position that is fine for Black.

There is more than one path to equality for Black after 10. Nbd2. For instance, after 10… Na5 11. Ba2 c5 and 10… Nd7 11. c3 Nc5 Black typically gets comfortable positions.

[Diagram: White to Move] White has just played a provocative move (14. Nh4), to which Black responded with the topical 14… Nxe4. What is the best way for White to continue and attack the poorly protected black King?

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