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Re: Is the Open Spanish a good way to play for a win?
Reply #4 - 06/05/17 at 11:17:47
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Thanks for the reply.

I managed to find the second line via transposition on page 203 of Mikhalevski's book by transposition (with the move order 9 Re1!? Be7 10 c3 0-0 11 Nd4! - his punctuation) and he gives the new move 11...Bh4!? leading to equality.

The first line appears to be independent indeed, but I don't see any particular problems after 10...Bg4 11 h3 Bh5.
  
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Re: Is the Open Spanish a good way to play for a win?
Reply #3 - 06/01/17 at 01:14:06
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Well, I'm aware of a couple of other possibilities.  I recalled that 9. c3 Be7 10. Bc2 (e.g. meeting 10...Nc5 with 11. h3 as in a Karpov-Korchnoi game, and 10...0-0 with 11. Qe2) was claimed to lead to an edge for White in ECO.  Also there is the ancient 9. c3 Be7 10. Re1 with the idea of 10...0-0 11. Nd4 inviting a piece sac.
  
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Re: Is the Open Spanish a good way to play for a win?
Reply #2 - 05/31/17 at 23:55:04
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By the way, looking through GM13, I noticed that Mikhalevski suggests meeting 9 c3 with 9...Bc5. Is there any reason why 9...Be7 isn't just going to transpose to some other line in the repertoire (e.g. 10 Be3 -> 9 Be3 Be7 10 c3; 10 Nbd2 Nc5 -> 9 Nbd2 Nc5 10 c3 Be7)?
  
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Re: Is the Open Spanish a good way to play for a win?
Reply #1 - 05/31/17 at 16:31:48
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I dunno; there's also ...Bg4 stuff, though as far as I know it has long been considered a little better for White.

Those two games are of course examples of a really old classical line which keeps going on ...
  
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Is the Open Spanish a good way to play for a win?
05/31/17 at 08:12:15
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I'd always been under the impression that the Open Spanish was a good way for Black to imbalance the play and go for a win. However, now that I'm actually sitting down to look at some theory from the Black side, I'm not really sure how Black can purport to play for a win in the main line [1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Nxe4 6 d4 b5 7 Bb3 d5 8 dxe5 Be6] 9 Nbd2.

Currently trendy (and suggested in GM13) is 9...Nc5 10 c3 Be7 11 Bc2 d4, but there White can (among other things) force a two results ending with 12 Nb3 d3 13 Nxc5 and so on.

Another interesting line that was featured in some high level games is the following:





Neither of these look especially inspiring though...

Thoughts?
  
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