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Re: Question in main line Lopez
Reply #1 - 10/23/04 at 18:53:53
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As I have found more than 3000 games with this move order, you might say it is common.
Almost 2500 games continue 5...b5 6.Ba4 Be7 7.Re1. Of course Black does neither avoid the Worall, because of 7.Qe2, nor the Centre because of 5.d4 exd4 6.o-o. So I wonder, why should Black give White the extra option 5.o-o b5 6.Ba4 Be7 7.d4 d6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Bd5!?
Black cannot even avoid the Centre Attack with 3...a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Nf6 as 6.d4 Nxd4? 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Nxe5 gives White a great attack.
My conclusion is that the main line is simply the most exact move order.

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Question in main line Lopez
10/07/04 at 13:19:40
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0
Here 5. ... Be7 6.Re1 b5 is main line
However it allows versions of the Worall and Center attack where black has commited to Be7. These aren't too threatening but, the center in particular, are a nuisance.
After 5. ... b5 6.Ba4 Be7 does white hav anything better than Re1?
In particular, how threatening are
7.d4 d6 and 7.c3?
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