For a long time the variation 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e4 was considered dubious, as the pawn on e4 was doomed to fall after 4.Ng5. However, in 2021 Indian GM Baskaran Adhiban revived the line, introducing new resources for Black after 4…c6!? and soon other top players like Giri, Aronian and Praggnanandhaa joined the black side of this peculiar line against the English. By sacrificing the e-pawn, Black gains a lot of time harassing the white knight and seizes the initiative in the centre. In this 60-minutes video course you will become acquainted with Black’s ideas to prove the compensation for the pawn. Whether it’s short or long-term depends on White’s setup, but one thing is certain: White has serious practical problems deciding on how to rearrange their forces and find a hide-out for their king.
- 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e4
- Declining the Gambit
- Main Line Move 7-10 Deviations: 4.Ng5 c6 5.Ngxe4 Nxe4 6.Nxe4 d5
- Main Line - Basic Ideas: 4.Ng5 c6 5.Ngxe4 Nxe4 6.Nxe4 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Ng3 h5 9.e3 h4 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.d4
- Main Line - More ideas: 4.Ng5 c6 5.Ngxe4 Nxe4 6.Nxe4 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Ng3 h5 9.e3 h4 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.d4 Qf6 12.Nc3 Qg6
Windows 10 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, (DVD-ROM drive), Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, (DVD-ROM drive) and internet access for program activation.
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