Line 400 covers the biggest part of the Marshall Attack, apart from the lines that arise after 8… d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4, which can be found in our Line 401.
Fashionable 12. d3 occurs very often on the highest level, e. g. like in Wei Yi – Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee 2016 or Vachier Lagrave – Adams, Biel 2015. Black needs to play accurately to equalize, though great experts, like Aronian or Svidler, rarely have any problems to maintain the balance.
Besides the Marshall Attack, a modern gambit starting with 8… Na5!? is also covered here, but proper play should guarantee White at least a slight opening edge.
[Diagram: White to Move] Everything is ready for White’s final blow, though it’s not too easy as some precise calculation is required!
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