Against 5… Nf6 White can try 6. Ndb5, where Black can transpose to the main line of the Lasker Variation with 6… d6 7. Bf4 e5 8. Bg5, while after the alternative 6… Bb4 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. Nxc3 d5 9. exd5 exd5 10. Bd3 White gets a small but lasting advantage. Move 6. Nxc6 seems like a more principal continuation. After 6… bxc6 7. e5 Nd5 8. Ne4 occurs a highly dynamical position that is generally easier to play with White pieces.
Move 5… d6 is a bit passive sideline for Black. In case of 6. Be3 a game often transposes to the Scheveningen Variation with 6… Nf6. The other promising option for White is 6. g4, resembling the Keres Attack. After the usual 6… a6 7. Be3 Nge7 8. f4 the arising position is in White’s favor.
[Diagram: White to Move] If White plays Nd2-c4, Black will parry his opponent’s threats with Ne7-c8. How can White achieve more and seize the initiative?
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