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Normal Topic C14: Alapin's Nb5 in the French Classical (Read 1128 times)
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C14: Alapin's Nb5 in the French Classical
04/29/06 at 17:04:38
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In the french classical after: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nb5 (Alapin's move) the critical continuation as given by several authors is: ...Nb6 8.c3 a6 9.Na3. Now Jacobs gives two continuations here: 9...c5 as a solid continuation; and 9...f6 as a dynamic one. I'd like to know which is stronger. Psakhis gives 9...c5 10.f4 Nc6 11.Nf3 cxd4 12.cxd4 as the critical continuation and as leading to a slight edge for white. And Psakhis doesn't even mention 9...f6 in his most recent book. Gufeld and Stetsko seem to think that 9...f6 equalizes by move 15, but I know their book isn't the most reliable source. If this move 7.Nb5 really does lead to a slight edge for white, then I wonder why it isn't played more often?
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