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Re: 3...a6 in the classical
Reply #1 - 05/15/17 at 09:07:06
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I think this depends on what you want to achieve with Black. As I am a classical guy, I would instantly play
4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2
and proceed from there. Just develop your pieces and have a small edge in space. Black will at some point take on f3 and play e6, trading the two bishops for a solid structure. If that's all you are aiming for and are happy to play with Black, then a6 might be right for you (:
It's just one of those notorious += positions that Black can perfectly play but White does not need to think a lot to get an edge.
It reminds me of the Modern with c6+d5, where the dark-squared bishop lands on g7 not e7, which should be an improvement for Black. So, as Black I would rather go
3. Nc3 g6
if you want that kind of game.

Be reminded though that 3. Nd2 cuts out all these shenanigans!
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3...a6 in the classical
05/15/17 at 07:42:27
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1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 a6

Any thoughts on this line? Looking through the databases it seems to score quite well for black, and looks an interesting practical choice to force white into thinking for himself early.

The main options for white appear to be
4.Nf3 Bg4   which looks fine for black

4.e5 which will transpose to the respectable a6 line of the advanced after Bf5

4.Bd3 which seems to be the only move where white actually has a plus score, but again black looks fine.

Am I missing something here as I cant really see any problems for black after 3.a6 and it looks a refreshing change to the bog standard 3...dxe4    At some point a6 is likely to be useful in most lines and is often an aid to the c5 break, and has the advantage of forcing white to show his hand before reacting
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