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Re: French Classical 7.Nb5 (Alapin)
Reply #3 - 04/08/10 at 01:29:50
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Of the alternatives to 7...Nb6, I prefer 7...Qd8. But I still have faith in the main variation for Black.  He needs to be vigilant against Bxh7+ threats, even when the White Q is on d2.

It seems that some strong players tried too hard to win on the Q-side with thematic moves like Na4(!) followed by Qa5(?) only to find themselves in danger of getting mated in the middlegame.  Perhaps, as long as Black respects White's position, he can hold the balance and perhaps eventually try ...f6/f5.
  
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Re: French Classical 7.Nb5 (Alapin)
Reply #2 - 04/05/10 at 12:54:36
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iirc I've briefly looked at this as a potential surprise weapon and thought it worth trying. Its certainly a logical enough try - take on c5 then send the knight to d4 from c2 etc. Its a good square for it and its getting there with tempo in a lot of these lines.

The only potential issue with taking the light squared bishops off is whether it leaves enough pieces for black to get enough counterplay vs whites (quite big & solid) center. Probably very solid of course.

Still I'd rather try and blow it up somehow. I don't suppose that going 7.. Na6/o-o/c5/f6 etc isn't going to work? Whites knight on b5 is maybe a little bit in the way.
  
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Re: French Classical 7.Nb5 (Alapin)
Reply #1 - 04/05/10 at 11:56:55
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Interesting!

I thought this line is a draw after 7.Nb5 Nb6 8.a4 a6 9.a5 axb5 10.axb6 Rxa1 11.Qxa1 c6 12.Qa8 Qb4+ 13.c3 Qxb2 14.Ne2 b4 15.Qxb8 0-0 16.cxb4 Qxb4+.

Nowadays 8.c3 intending to keep the centre intact seems more popular and leading to comfortable positions for White.

For Black perhaps the plan from the game Kindermann-Quinteros, Dortmund 1986 is worth investigating. There Black played 7... Qd8 instead of 7... Nb6 and followed up with b6 and Ba6 to exchange the bad bishop.
  
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C14: French Classical 7.Nb5 (Alapin)
04/04/10 at 22:32:40
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Hi, I searched through the threads here but could only find brief mentions of the line, 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Be7 Qe7 7.Nb5!?

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The texts pretty much agree that Black is equal (Nunn, in NCO, suggests it's unclear), but the practical results are staggeringly in White's favor!  Since 2000 in games in which at least one player was rated +2200, White has scored 18-5-3 losses in the key variation.  Both Ulibin and Volkov have lost to it!

So, what gives?  Is the Alapin Classical variation really that good for white despite its reputation?

The main variation I'm looking at is: 7...Nb6 8.c3 a6 9.Na3 c5.
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