Line 424 covers various sidelines on Black’s third move, like 3… Nf6, 3… a6 and 3… Qc7 – just to name a few, while the main topic of this opening line is 3… e6. Lines without 4. O-O are also examined here (variations with the short castling belong to Line 425), and the main line is 3… e6 4. Bxc6.
It’s a very popular line where mostly strategic battles arise – White can typically count on his better pawn structure, whereas Black relies on his bishop pair.
[Diagram: White to Move] In the old game J.Timman – N. Short, Hilversum 1989, White had an excellent opportunity to gain a strong initiative. Hint: White should try to make use of Black’s horribly misplaced Queen.
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