Hi all!

It occured to me as the first player in a correspondence game of mine:

**1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qf6 ** Well, not too much written about it. White has three distinctive ways to fight against this offbeat try. The first one - simply 4.0-0?! and wait for next black strikes 4...Bc5, 4...a6 or even 4...Nd4. Passive...and not to my taste. Maybe that's what black needs. The second - 4.Nc3!? is maybe what black expects. Then 4...Nge7 seems almost obligatory and white enters into the black scheme - 5.d3 h6 6.0-0 a6 (6...d6 or even 6...g5

). So, I chose the third one -

**4.c3!** and expected 4...Bc5. Then I was to choose between 5.d4 (P.Svidler-A.Stefanova 2012), 5.d3 (J.Timman-I.Sokolov 2002) or 5.0-0 (J.Ehlvest-I.Sokolov 2002). So far so good!.. But my opponent played

**4...a6 **(the second best move, which can be useful for black).

**5.Ba4 **- still waiting for 5...Bc5. I even found some analyses over the Internet, but not too much...so I was determined to work hard to achieve my += as a first player. Anyway, but

**5...d6 6.d4 Bd7 **(consistent, now 7...0-0-0 and black can think for a future kingside attack) left me with only one game left in my database: I.Boleslavsky-N.Gusev 1954 (by transposition). Here Boleslavsky went for 7.Be3 (and won) - a good developping move, but not for a correspondence game. If I was to win I should have found another (more convincing) way. And started to analyse (and it took me a long time):

Here above is my analysis. (Not copyrighted!

) So feel free to use it as you wish!

Then I played

**7.d5!** (more than 10 days after 6...Bd7) and my opponent, obviously after some analyzing on his part, got scared and played

**7...Nce7?! **which brought me to nowhere.. Except to my +/- (plus above minus) after

**8.Bxd7+ Kxd7 **as a first player.

That's it!