**Quote:**Meanwhile could someone briefly tell me the theoretical state of 4 e5? I guess 4 ...b6 is OK, but while 4 ...Nge7 5 Nf3 Nf5 looks at least equal for Black in the line 6 Bb5!? Bd7 7 Bg5 f6!, I don't know what to think about 6 Ne2 -- I'm willing to be told that Black's all right after say 6 ...Be7 (is 6 ...f6 under a cloud or OK?) 7 Ng3 0-0 8 c3, but the position looks a little thankless to me and I don't really know how it should be handled. All help gratefully received!

I had a look at the game Negi - Rozentalis 2005 again. After

**1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e5 Nge7 5.Nf3 Nf5 6.Ne2 f6 7.Ng3 fxe5 8.dxe5** Rozentalis played

**8...Bc5**.

Here Neil McDonald mentions the interesting move

**8...Nh4!?**, directly attacking e5. He continues

**9.Ng5 Nxe5 10.Qh5 Neg6 11.Nxh7** {with threats of Bd3 and Bg5}

**11...e5 12.Bg5 Rxh7 13.Bxh4 Rxh5 14.Bxd8 Rh8 15.Bxc7** winning a pawn.

The position after 11.Nxh7 is interesting. I wondered about

**11...Kf7!?** threatening Kg8 to pick up the knight. So I fired up the silicon oracle (Rybka). She likes 11...e5 and 11...Qd6!?, but when pressed she came up with the following:

11. Nxh7 Kf7

a)

**12.Bd3** Qe8!

a1) 13.Bxg6 Nxg6 14.Ng5 Kg8

a2) 13.Bg5 Kg8 14.Bxh4 Rxh7 15.Bxg6 Rxh5 16.Bxe8 Rxh4

a3) 13.Ne2 Kg8 14.Bxg6 Nxg6 15.Nf4 Rxh7 16.Qxg6 Bd7

b)

**12. Bg5** Qd6! 13.Bxh4 Qb4 14.c3 Qxh4

b1) 15.Qxh4 Nxh4 16.Nxf8 Rxf8

b2) 15.Qf3 Qf4 16.Qxf4 Nxf4 17.Nxf8 Rxf8

c)

**12.Ng5** Kg8 13.Qd1 Be7 and 14...e5

Which all look satisfactory for black. So is the ball back in White's court?