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Re: QGA Classical:  Does White have an advantage?
Reply #2 - 01/12/08 at 20:47:04
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Play is very lively and interesting after 11...Nd5 or 11...Nb4 ,black is solid (it's aqueen gambit!)but white is active . I play a corr. game actually...
  

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Re: QGA Classical:  Does White have an advantage?
Reply #1 - 01/05/08 at 18:54:45
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As far as I know, the main move besides 11...Nd5 is 11...Nb4; there's some transpositional overlap between those two.  It seems that 7. a4 was considered somewhat better for White a few decades ago, but for some time has been considered equal (or unclear) with best play.  Which isn't to say it's a dead end of course, as "equal or unclear with best play" seems to be how most major openings/variations are rated these days -- for instance ECO thinks White doesn't have a path to advantage against the QGA.

I have wondered whether 7. a4 might come back into fashion.  I know of one young GM who switched to it a few years ago, after some unhappy experiences with lines allowing ...b5.   
  
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QGA Classical:  Does White have an advantage?
01/05/08 at 17:50:47
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I have been playing the main lines of the Classical QGA  for many years and yet am never quite happy with my positions.  My results are great, but I can't credit the opening.

Here's the main line:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 (my preference, but not the traditional way to get to the main positions) Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.a4 Nc6 8.Qe2 cxd4 9.Rd1 Be7 10.exd4 0-0 11.Nc3

Black's main choice here is 11...Nd5, but I've also seen 11...Bd7 and 11...Re8!?

White has many choices available, including 12. Bd3, Bb3 and against 11...Nd5, 12.Qe4, but I never really get the attack I feel White deserves.  Black tends to equalise but then slips up a little later. I can't explain that last bit because this tendency seems to be regardless of playing strength.  In higher level games, this seems to be a fairly drawish line. Yet I still believe that White should have an advantage somewhere.

Does White have an advantage in the position after ten moves of theory, or is this line of the QGA a dead-end?
  
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