on 06/23/13 at 04:43:32:
What can I do against this line:
1. c4 e5
2. Nc3 Nf6
3. e4 Bc5
Usually, since I want to get a set up of: Nge2 / g3 / Bg2 / d3 / a3 / Rb1 / h3 / Be3, I would continue with 4. d3 but after 4... c6! I'm not sure what white should do.
As far as any suggestion goes, it really depends what sort of player you are. Some prefer the slow positional build up as you have given. Certainly in checking what I have on the English 4.d3 seems to be the prescribed move and then the plans after 4…c6 seem to vary. I like 5.Bg5 here.
However with the given move order you have to look out for Two Knight’s motifs as in say 4.Nge2 then 4…Ng4! which then requires the immediate 5.d4 to avert the obvious pending disaster on f2 and so on.
Again it is a matter of personal taste, I actually like the Two Knights as Black so my preference would be play the more active 4.Nf3 which leaves Black the choice of Ng4, d6 or Nc6. Depending on your level that you are playing at the second and third replies are the most likely. Prepare for all three but hope for the last, 4…Nc6 because of the move order and with Blacks bishop on c5 it allows 5.Nxe5! Markovich wrote
on 07/01/13 at 03:47:53:
But seriously, I wonder if you should be playing 1.c4 if you expect White's advantage in the line given.
Really? I can’t really comment to much on 4.Nf3 d6 and 4…Ng4?! As I have little on it in my chess theory collection. However there is more than more than enough established theoretical evidence , you can fully expect an advantage after 4…Nc6 5.Nxe5! A Nimzowitsch idea which he used to batter Reti & Yates and draw with Collie. It has also been used by such strong players as Larry Christiansen, Boris Alterman, Kevin Spraggett and Alexander Onischuk…