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After 7.e3

White. For instance 7.e4 Nxc3 8.Qxc3 (after 8.Qxd8+ and bxc3 he would have had a sick c-pawn on an open file to tend) 8...Nc6 9.a3 Qa5!; or 9.Bb5 Bd7 with equality. Or 7.Nxd5 exd5 8.e4 dxe4! 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.Ng5 Bb4+ 11.Bd2 Bxd2+ 12.Kxd2 Ke7 with an equal game. The student who is interested in problems of development should test the following variation: 7.Nxd5 exd5 8.e4 Nc6 Instead of 8...dxe4! as given by us. After 9.Qxd5 Qxd5 10.exd5 Nb4 there would follow 11.Bb5+ Black would have difficulty in finding a good continuation.

7...NC6 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Ne5 Nxc3 11.NXC6 Qxd4 12.Nxd4 Nd5 13.Bd2

7...NC6 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Ne5 Nxc3 11.NXC6 Qxd4 12.Nxd4 Nd5 13.Bd2

The position here shown is for all its harmless appearance full of poison.

White threatens to take possession of the c-file, moreover he has at his disposal a convenient square for his King (e2). Black on the other hand enjoys this last advantage in only a restricted fashion See note to move 17. In sucn positions the defense must be very carefully played.

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