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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #39 - 03/05/11 at 06:33:11
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As someone who has played the Albin, I have to agree that 5.Nbd2 is most annoying.  I put together some sources here:
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2010/02/albin-counter-gambit-in-question.html
Best, as mentioned by someone earlier, is the Rogozenco piece:
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6154

Also surprisingly good is a little piece (that used to be on the web) by Eric Schiller at the Internet archive's Wayback Machine:
http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20050512205742/http://www.chesscity.com/PDF/Aga...
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #38 - 03/05/11 at 00:12:33
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TN wrote on 03/04/11 at 22:55:32:
raja wrote on 03/04/11 at 02:08:40:
i play 5.a3! and what ever black plays i continue with 6.e3 and exchange that pawn off...this is my idea but the only exception is when black plays 5...Bg4 then i play Nbd2 and the play goes on... Smiley


Instead of 5...Be6 6.e3, 6.Nbd2 Nge7 7.Nb3 Nf5 8.Qd3 is the critical test, as recommended by Avrukh. Avrukh claims a clear advantage for White, but I recall a thread where some posters improved on Avrukh's analysis. I still think White should be slightly better though.


John Watson also claimed to improve for Black on Avrukh's lines in his review: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/john-watson-reviews/opening-books-en-masse-part2

But he was working with another line: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Nge7 6.b4 Ng6 7.Bb2 a5 8.b5 Ncxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Bxd4 Nxc4 11.e3 Be6 12.Qc2 Nd6 etc.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #37 - 03/04/11 at 22:55:32
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raja wrote on 03/04/11 at 02:08:40:
i play 5.a3! and what ever black plays i continue with 6.e3 and exchange that pawn off...this is my idea but the only exception is when black plays 5...Bg4 then i play Nbd2 and the play goes on... Smiley


Instead of 5...Be6 6.e3, 6.Nbd2 Nge7 7.Nb3 Nf5 8.Qd3 is the critical test, as recommended by Avrukh. Avrukh claims a clear advantage for White, but I recall a thread where some posters improved on Avrukh's analysis. I still think White should be slightly better though.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #36 - 03/04/11 at 21:59:44
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Yes, but not for nothing after 7.Qxd8+ Rxd8 8.Bxe3 Nge7. This isn't what made me give up the Albin's.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #35 - 03/04/11 at 18:01:28
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MNb wrote on 03/04/11 at 17:13:40:
I don't think the exclam is justified after 5.a3 Be6 6.e3 dxe3.

why? Lips Sealed whats wrong with QxQ and follow with Bxe3 isnt white who is a good pawn up?
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #34 - 03/04/11 at 17:13:40
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I don't think the exclam is justified after 5.a3 Be6 6.e3 dxe3.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #33 - 03/04/11 at 02:08:40
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i play 5.a3! and what ever black plays i continue with 6.e3 and exchange that pawn off...this is my idea but the only exception is when black plays 5...Bg4 then i play Nbd2 and the play goes on... Smiley
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #32 - 01/20/11 at 02:26:13
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MNb wrote on 01/15/11 at 16:10:43:
Raetzky and Tsjetverik give 5...Bf5 6.Nb3 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Be7 8.Bf4 Bb4+ 9.Nbd2 Nge7 10.a3 Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Ng6 12.Rd1 0-0 as unclear, but I simply don't see Black's compensation. White just plays 13.g3, 14.Bg2 and 15.0-0.
There is also a line from Meinsohn: 5...Bf5 6.Nb3 f6 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.a3 h6 9.Nfxd4 0-0-0 10.e3 Nxd4 11.exd4 Qg6 12.Qf3 and Black's play can be improved with ...Nf6. So White should play 9.Nxd4 0-0-0 10.e3 evt. giving one pawn back after Bc5 11.Be2. So perhaps 8...Be7 9.Bg5 Qf7 is the way to go.

I should have looked a little further. 5...Bf5 6.Nb3 f6 7.Nbxd4! Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Qa4+ c6 11.Qxb4 0-0-0 Sacconi-Monticelli, Venezia m 1925, 12.Bc3 Qd7 13.Qa4 Kb8 14.Rd1 Qc7 15.Rxd8+ Qxd8 16.Qd1 Qc7 17.e3 and Black defends a hopeless case.
So 5.Nbd2 += at least.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #31 - 01/20/11 at 01:54:49
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walkingterrapin wrote on 01/19/11 at 13:47:50:
Against g3 i usually try the Bh3 h5 plan of attack.  Not sure if this is clear or not.

Here Black faces the same dilemma: Be6, Bf5 or Bg4 ? I am not sure. In the past I have won a few games with this plan as Black:

Kögeler-MNb
corr NBC H-427
pre-silicon age

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Be6 6.Nbd2 Qd7 7.Bg2 0-0-0 8.0-0 Bh3 9.e6 Bxe6 10.a3 Nf6 11.b4 d3 12.e3 Kb8 13.Bb2 Bh3 14.Qa4 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 h5 16.b5 Ne7 17.Ne5 Qe6 18.Bd4 Nc8 19.Nf3 Ne4 20.Nxd3 h4 21.Nf4 Qf5 22.Nxh4 Rxh4 23.gxh4 Rxd4 24.exd4 Qg4+ 25.Kh1 Qxf4 26.f3 Bd6 27.Qc2 Nd2 28.Rf2 Qxd4 29.Rxd2 Qxa1+ 30.Kg2 Qxa3
0-1 on the 45th move.

Schut-MNb
corr NBC H-428
also pre-silicon age

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Be6 6.Nbd2 Qd7 7.Bg2 0-0-0 8.0-0 Bh3 9.Nb3 h5 10.Bxh3 Qxh3 11.Bf4 Be7 12.Qd2 Nh6 13.Bxh6 Rxh6 14.Qf4 h4 15.Kh1 g5 16.Nxg5 Bxg5 17.Qxh5 hxg3 18.Qxg3 Rdh8 19.Qxh3 Rxh3 20.Rfb1 Rxh2+ 21.Kg1 R2h4 22.Kf1 Nxe5 23.Rc1 Rhg8 24.Ke1 d3 25.Kd2 dxe2 26.Kxe2 Re4+ 27.Kd1 Rd8+ 28.Kc2 Nd3 0-1.

Alas this game went less well:

Khenkin,I (2575) - MNb
Haarlem Open-6 (3)
1997

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Be6 6.Nbd2 Qd7 7.Bg2 0-0-0 8.0-0 Bh3 9.e6 Bxe6 10.Qb3 f6 11.Rd1 h5 12.Nf1 Bc5 13.e3 Na5 14.Qb5 Qxb5 15.cxb5 Bc4 16.Bd2 1-0

The main reason I gave up the Albin's was losing two depressing games after 5.a3 and 5.Nbd2.
So I will have a few other looks.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #30 - 01/19/11 at 13:47:50
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I agree with you about the bishop dilemma.  I guess my main point is trying to find anything that is near playable against 5. a3.  I am comfortable against 5. g3 , but i have only seen it once in a tournament game, the rest being with 5. a3 or some other earlier deviation.  I am going to burn the midnight oil tonight and look for more stuff from the e6 placement of the bishop. 

My question is then is it good for white to get in a3 or Bg2?  alot of times delaying the B to g2 with give him a tempo, but it also keeps the king in the center of the board longer. 

Against g3 i usually try the Bh3 h5 plan of attack.  Not sure if this is clear or not.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #29 - 01/19/11 at 10:07:36
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walkingterrapin wrote on 01/19/11 at 04:32:23:
Not sure if anyone has seen it though.

Those who own Paul Lamford's book on the Albin's have.
A better example is Marshall-Cohn, Hanover 1902.
5.a3 a5 6.Nbd2 Nge7 7.Nb3 is about the same as 5.Nbd2 Nge7 6.Nb3.

walkingterrapin wrote on 01/18/11 at 17:10:38:
the bishop isnt terribly active on e6.

You wrote yourself that it doesn't do much on f5 either and Bg4 gives White extra play on the kingside. So Be6 remains.

Now in the line 5.g3 Be6 6.Nbd2 Qd7 7.Bg2 White usually tries to do without the move a2-a3. So 5.a3 Be6 tries to show that 5.a3 is not so useful.
5.a3 Be6 6.Nbd2 Nge7 7.g3 Ng6 8.Bg2 Qd7 is also playable. This is the 5.g3 line above with 7.a3 iso 7.Bg2.
That's why I think either 5.a3 Nge7 or 5.a3 Be6 Black's best chance.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #28 - 01/19/11 at 06:30:00
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One can only wonder what Herr Rahn would play against 6. Nbd2, given by e.g. ECO as leading to a clear advantage for White.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #27 - 01/19/11 at 04:32:23
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Looks like 5.....Nge7 is the best line for now. 

I also just looked on 365chess and saw that in its database 5..........a5 comes in pretty much as frequently as Nge7.  This move looks pretty ?! though.  Not sure if anyone has seen it though. 
Here is an example of a game with the line. 

[Event "Wuerttemberg-ch Seniors 16th"]
[Site "Freudenstadt"]
[Date "2004.05.04"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Dinser, Hans"]
[Black "Rahn, Oskar"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1993"]
[BlackElo "2047"]
[ECO "D08"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. a3 a5 6. g3 Nge7 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxe7  Bxe7 9. Bg2 Bf5 10. Nbd2 Qd7 11. h3 O-O 12. g4 Bh7 13. Rc1 a4 14. O-O Bc5 15.  Re1 Rfe8 16. b4 axb3 17. Nxb3 Bxa3 18. Ra1 Bb2 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. Rf1 Qe7 21. c5  Rd8 22. Qd2 Bc3 23. Qf4 Bc2 24. Nbxd4 Bxd4 25. Qc1 Bg6 26. Nxd4 Nxd4 27. Qb2  Qxe5 0-1

  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #26 - 01/19/11 at 01:53:43
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I don't trust 5...f6 at all: 6.exf6
a) 6...Nxf6 7.e3 Bg4 8.Be2 Dalko-Monostori, corr 1939.
b) 6...Qxf6 7.g3 Bf5 8.Bg2 and Black has to play the not so useful h6 9.0-0 0-0-0 Lundholm-Rojahns, corr 1948.

5.a3 Be6 6.Nbd2 Nge7 7.b4 Ng6 8.Bb2 Qd7 might be playable. I don't exclude the possibility that 5...Nge7 is more precise though; at the moment I just don't feel like to find out.
  

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Reply #25 - 01/18/11 at 17:10:38
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Exactly MNB.  I do think that blacks best chances in the line with a3 is Nge7.  a3 is the main reason i dont feature the Albin in my openings as black.  It gives black to many problems and all white has to do is bang out 7 moves and he is up a pawn and has good central pressure.  is anyone playing any games with 5. a3 f6? 

f6 seems like the only try against a3, Nge7 just runs into too many problems and the bishop isnt terribly active on e6.  I will check my databases tonight, but I bet that f6 is little explored pathway.  Black is still probably just down a pawn but probably not in as much trouble in the center.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #24 - 01/15/11 at 16:10:43
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Raetzky and Tsjetverik give 5...Bf5 6.Nb3 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Be7 8.Bf4 Bb4+ 9.Nbd2 Nge7 10.a3 Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Ng6 12.Rd1 0-0 as unclear, but I simply don't see Black's compensation. White just plays 13.g3, 14.Bg2 and 15.0-0.
There is also a line from Meinsohn: 5...Bf5 6.Nb3 f6 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.a3 h6 9.Nfxd4 0-0-0 10.e3 Nxd4 11.exd4 Qg6 12.Qf3 and Black's play can be improved with ...Nf6. So White should play 9.Nxd4 0-0-0 10.e3 evt. giving one pawn back after Bc5 11.Be2. So perhaps 8...Be7 9.Bg5 Qf7 is the way to go.
6.a3 might be too slow: Qe7 7.Nb3 0-0-0 8.Bf4 f6! 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nfxd4 Nxd4 11.Nxd4 c5 12.Nb5 Rxd1+ 13.Rxd1 Bd7 14.Nd6+ Kd8 15.Nxb7+ Kc8 16.Nd6+ and a draw.

After 5.a3 I'd rather consider Nge7 and Be6.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #23 - 01/15/11 at 04:41:45
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How about Bf5 another line that will start coming up soon. 

1. d4 d5
2. c4 e5
3. de d4
4. Nf3 Nc6
5. Nbd2 Bf5 

I dont think white gets much out of this position.  However against 5. a3 Bf5 is not so good.
  
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Reply #22 - 03/12/10 at 09:01:34
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I've been quite successful with 4. a3 followed by 5. e3, not losing a single game and usually just emerging from the opening with a vastly better position.
  
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Reply #21 - 03/12/10 at 02:07:57
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Nice to see my opinion on page 1 confirmed.
  

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Reply #20 - 03/12/10 at 02:02:29
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Dorian Rogozenco recommends 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 in his article in Chessbase Magazine 134:
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Reply #19 - 02/13/10 at 21:41:54
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Found it:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c4 e5 4. Sxe5 Sxe5 5. dxe5 and now either 5.. d4 or 5.. dxc4. with d4, it's not quite an Albin, but can be almost as sharp and his lines seem interesting and playable.
Bosch seems to prefer dxc4 which leads to an endgame after the queens are traded, and if black gets his king to c7, he is okay. unfortunately, black needs a severe improvement over what is usually played after 7.e4 and 8.f4 or he'll be worse.

i think i'll try this, of course in the hope to transpose to my favourite albin  Cool
  
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Reply #18 - 02/09/10 at 00:26:31
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Very interesting Albin analysis, complements the Kazimdhanov DVD. Also in his book reviews i've stumbled upon a line of the Chigorin in secrets of opening surprises vol. 9, that Keres apparantly used once.
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c4 e5

I always tried to use it as a transposition to the albin (which is after 4. dxe5), but it seemed like 4. Nxe5 was solid and bad for black.

I'll order the book and see what the article says about it! Watson recommended the SOS series anyways.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #17 - 01/25/10 at 01:46:06
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Watson has published improvements against Avrukh's line:
"Opening Books en Masse Part 2
IM John Watson - Thursday 12th February 2009
Moving to a less mainstream opening, the Albin CounterGambit has used by many strong players over the past 4-5 years. Avrukh suggests a hot line from high-level play. His analysis (including demonstrations of why he is avoiding certain lines) is superb; nevertheless, there seem to be improvements."-available at the TWIC website.

Ironically,also troublesome to black is the Watson-Schiller line: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e5 3 de5 d4 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Nbd2 Nge7 6 a3 Ng6 7 Nb3, published in "How to Succeed in the Queen Pawn Openings"
  
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Reply #16 - 12/11/09 at 23:18:04
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MNb wrote on 12/11/09 at 21:38:06:
Do you (Papageno) mean that Moro's 5...Nge7 is considered critical these days? 5...Bg4 and 5...Be6 used to be more popular.


I would say so yes. From what I've experiences myself in blitz at ICC and over the board in rapid/blitz or seen even in games at top level (Morozevich, Nakamura, Kasimzhanov) during the last 5 years, 5...Nge7 definitely is the move. The most popular move by far, and probably the critical one. Well, if it's popular we have to expect it anyway and should be prepared for this one.
  
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Reply #15 - 12/11/09 at 21:38:06
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Do you (Papageno) mean that Moro's 5...Nge7 is considered critical these days? 5...Bg4 and 5...Be6 used to be more popular.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #14 - 12/11/09 at 13:56:13
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When it comes to decide about 5. a3 vs. 5. Nbd2, we'll have to ask the right question to the position. So far, we had Which one is more flexible?. – But I'd like to ask a different one: Which move works better against the popular ...Nge7? (Morovezich).

If you are happy with Avrukh/Schandoff's analysis of the Topalov-Moro game, then go for 5. a3. Otherwise, MNb's line in reply #1 seriously comes into consideration.
(The slight difference in flexibility between the two moves seems not so important to me, since 5...f6?! isn't known to be a critical line and Black can choose the move order 5. a3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 f6?! anyway, if he wants to sac the pawn.)
  
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Reply #13 - 12/11/09 at 09:57:05
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TonyRo wrote on 12/11/09 at 03:51:08:
LeeRoth gets it, so apparently I'm not crazy.

I only remarked that you did not answer my question. If you conclude that you're crazy I will not contradict you, but it is for your account.
Thanks to LR.
  

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Reply #12 - 12/11/09 at 03:51:08
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LeeRoth gets it, so apparently I'm not crazy. My point is that in the main line of 5. a3 Nge7 (Morozevich's choice), the knight doesn't hit d2 right away, if ever. That's all.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #11 - 12/11/09 at 02:53:10
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Where does the Knight go?  It depends, but after a3, it doesn't always go to Nbd2 as quickly as you suggest.  And, as Tony notes, in the main lines its development is delayed and usually then is to c3. 

MNb wrote on 12/11/09 at 01:53:28:
5.a3 f6 6.exf6 and 7.Nbd2


No, 6..Nxf6 7.e3 Bg4 8.Be2 and after a subsequent exd4, the Knight will come out on c3.

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5.a3 Nge7 6.Nbd2


No again, this is the main line, which runs 6.b4 Ng6 7.Bb2 a5 8.b5 Nce5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.e3 Be6 11.Bxd4 Nxc4 12.Qc2 and again the Knight will come out on c3.  See Topalov-Morozevich, Monte Carlo Amber (rpd) 2005 and the books by Avrukh, Schandorff and Davies.

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5.a3 Be6 6.Nbd2


Yes, this generally transposes to 5.Nbd2 Be6 6.a3.


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5.a3 Bg4 6.b4 Qd7 7.Nbd2


Here, actually, I would play 6.Nbd2, which is a direct transposition

  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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5.a3 f6 6.exf6 and 7.Nbd2
5.a3 Nge7 6.Nbd2
5.a3 Be6 6.Nbd2
5.a3 Bg4 6.b4 Qd7 7.Nbd2

are immediate transpositions - there obviously is no difference with 5.Nbd2 if White choses to play 6.a3.
If the optimal square is d2 indeed, what I suspect after 5.a3, 6.b4 and 7.Bb2, I have brought my point home. 5.Nbd2 is more flexible because White, depending on Black's 5th move, can transpose with 6.a3, 7.b4 and 8.Bb2 or chose another plan. Eg after 5.Nbd2 Nge7 White might prefer 6.Nb3 Nf5 7.e4.
As far as I can see now White does not have independent options after 5.a3 though.

So my question is relevant: where does the knight go after 5.a3 ?
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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I haven't looked at the lines in quite a while. I believe it's development is delayed quite a bit. Regardless, even if the knight does go to that square, the lines are completely different. I highly doubt that 5. Nbd2 and 5. a3 will transpose, given that 6. b4 and 7. Bb2 are on the cards.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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Has White's play been improved on 4.a3 Nc6 5.e3 Nge7 ? It has been long since I looked at stuff like this seriously.

TonyRo wrote on 12/09/09 at 14:09:18:
MNb wrote on 12/04/09 at 00:32:11:
4.a3, 5.a3 and 5.Nbd2 often transpose, but sometimes White can do without a2-a3. So I think 5.Nbd2 more flexible.


Flexible if you intend to play Nbd2 at all. I believe the Avrukh / Schandorff systems in question play b4 and Bb2 immediately.


And where does the knight go?
  

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Markovich wrote on 12/09/09 at 16:25:16:
Antillian wrote on 12/09/09 at 14:22:58:
4. a3 has independent significance when followed by 5. e3. A great system to take Albin counter gambiters out of their game. As a bonus the same line can be used against the Chigorin.

For coverage, see Dangerous Weapons: Queens' Gambit


Would you mind explaining the transpostion from the Chigorin?


1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. e3 e5 4. de d4 5. a3 transposes to 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. de d4 4. a3 Nc6 5. e3
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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Antillian wrote on 12/09/09 at 14:22:58:
4. a3 has independent significance when followed by 5. e3. A great system to take Albin counter gambiters out of their game. As a bonus the same line can be used against the Chigorin.

For coverage, see Dangerous Weapons: Queens' Gambit


Would you mind explaining the transpostion from the Chigorin?
  

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4. a3 has independent significance when followed by 5. e3. A great system to take Albin counter gambiters out of their game. As a bonus the same line can be used against the Chigorin.

For coverage, see Dangerous Weapons: Queens' Gambit
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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4.a3, 5.a3 and 5.Nbd2 often transpose, but sometimes White can do without a2-a3. So I think 5.Nbd2 more flexible.


Flexible if you intend to play Nbd2 at all. I believe the Avrukh / Schandorff systems in question play b4 and Bb2 immediately.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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4.a3, 5.a3 and 5.Nbd2 often transpose, but sometimes White can do without a2-a3. So I think 5.Nbd2 more flexible.
  

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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
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There is also the 4 or 5.a3 (I can't remember) recommend in (I think) both Schandorff's and Avrukh's book. Quite strong, unless anyone has come up with anything for Black since then.
  
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Re: Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
Reply #1 - 12/03/09 at 02:03:12
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It is. Despite Morozevich I still think 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 good for White: Nge7 6.Nb3 Nf5 7.e4 with a nice and long lasting edge.
  

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Line against the Albin Counter Gambit
12/03/09 at 00:51:17
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What up everybody.  I recently played in a tournament and faced TWO!!! Albin counter gambits. I recently switched to
1 d4, so I have not had time to actually study anything against it. I ended up winning both games, but was worse out of the opening. Can anyone tell me the best line to play with white against it? A friend of mine told me that GM Morozevich plays it, so I assume it is actually a complex opening.
  
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