Move 6… e6 is covered in our Lines 492-494, while 6… e5 can be found in Lines 495-500. From the other possibilities, move 6… Nc6 is also an interesting option, while 6… Ng4 is the main topic of this opening line.
After 6… Ng4 7. Bg5 move 7… Nc6 is an alternative inferior to the main 7… h6, where the game usually proceeds with 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 Bg7. Now 10. Be2 is a move of equivalent strength as the most frequently played 10. h3. In response to h3 Black can play 10… Nf6, but 10… Ne5 is the principal choice. Against both of these moves players of White have tried several options, but Black seems capable of reaching sufficient counterplay in any of those cases.
[Diagram: White to Move] V. Ivanchuk – A. Shirov, Wijk aan Zee 2001. Black has neglected piece development just to capture the d-pawn. How should White continue to gain a decisive edge?
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