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Re: 5.Bf4 QGD
Reply #2 - 02/16/09 at 16:28:43
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Aha! Finally solved this mistery Grin

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Re: 5.Bf4 QGD
Reply #1 - 02/12/09 at 14:05:46
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I don't think anything evil happens - taking with the pawn has also been played, but taking with the knight is just thought to be stronger.

According to Colin Crouch (in his book "The Queen's Gambit Declined 5 Bf4!") the advantage of taking with the knight is that Black gets better piece play - for example Bb4+ is threatened so White has to spend a move on a3 if he wants to be able to castle. Black has good chances to liquidate the isolated pawn on d4 in this line, whereas after the pawn recapture he tends to end up just defending it.
  
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5.Bf4 QGD
02/12/09 at 12:33:43
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Hi guys,

I just gave a quick look at the last update by Ruslan regarding the 5.Bf4 QGD. He focuses on the position resultin from 5. Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dc5 Bc5 8.cd5 Nd5 9.Nd5 ed5. My question is: does something evil happen to black if he avoids exchanging the knights and takes on d5 with the pawn on move 8?! It seems logical not to exchange pieces if you are going to have an IQP.
  
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