An important branching in this opening line occurs after 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3. Though both 6… b6 and 6… e5 are quite possible, move 6… Nf6 is considered to be the best option, leading to positions with roughly equal chances.
Position arising after 4… bxc6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Re1 Nh6 7. c3 O-O is frequently played on very high level. If White opts for 8. d4, Black obtains good prospects with 8… cxd4 9. cxd4 d5 10. e5 f6, while in case of 8. h3 Black is fine after 8… f5 9. e5 Nf7.
[Diagram: White to Move] R. Ossig – F. Halwick jr, corr. 1999. Black is ready to castle, but it is White’s move and he should use it wisely to seize the initiative. How would you proceed?
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