Black can continue after 6. f3 either with 6… e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 (Line 497) or 6… e6 (Line 493), in both cases transposing to lines of the English Attack. There is also an independent line 6… Qb6, preventing White from playing Be3. White usually replies with either 7. g4 or 7. Nb3, and though this position is more sensitive to play with black pieces, Black is typically able to get a roughly equal game.
There is also nothing wrong with Black’s position after 6… e6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Be3 Qc7, where White’s plan typically involves a pawn advance on the kingside, while Black creates counterplay on the opposite side of the board.
[Diagram: Black to Move] V Anand – A. Grischuk, Mainz (rapid) 2005. Black has tactical means to get an advantage. How would you proceed?
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