Margate Variation (7. Bb5) is rarely seen nowadays, since Black is able to reach comfortable positions without difficulties.
After by far the most popular move 7. Qd2 Black has a choice among the following options: 7… a6 (covered in Lines 475-476), 7… Be7 (the main point of interest of this opening line), and not so fashionable Ivanov Variation (7… Qb6). Line 474 is dedicated to the following variation: 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O, where Black has another notable option in 8… a6. Though White is generally able to get somewhat better chances after 8… a6 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 b5 11. Bxf6, this position is far from simple, and it demands deep knowledge from both sides.
[Diagram: White to Move] I. Necula – F. Even, corr. 2006. Black is trying to create counterplay on the queenside, but White will be the first to strike! Any ideas?
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