The Paulsen Variation with early 5… a6 allows White to capture the knight on c6, where Black is practically forced to recapture with his b-pawn – 6… bxc6. White’s main reaction is then 7. Bd3, followed by 7… d5 8. O-O.
Though Black’s position has a reputation of being solid, it is quite tricky and demands careful treatment.
[Diagram: White to Move] It seems like Black has enough resources to defend his king, but White’s unexpected tactical blow breaks through his opponent’s defense. How can White reach a practically winning position?
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