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Re: Unusual lines in the Exchange QGD
Reply #2 - 02/25/22 at 13:58:52
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stockhausen wrote on 06/03/19 at 16:33:09:
After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 h6 7.Bh4, the moves 7...g6 and 7...Be6 both look interesting.


After a cursory look, I agree.

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...many players such as Caruana have recently used 6.Qc2 to avoid the Short System.


The Short system has never appealed to me much from either side. However, anyone who likes the Short system should be encouraged by your suggestion.

I've been very encouraged by lines beginning with 5...Be7 which maintains the option of playing ...c6 or ...c5.

I think the exchange variation has to be the central focus of any player of the black pieces who plays (or considers playing) 1d4 d5 2c4 e6. I think black has acceptable answers but it is an acquired taste.
  
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Re: Unusual lines in the Exchange QGD
Reply #1 - 06/03/19 at 18:18:20
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another possible move order is 6.Qc2 Be6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 h6 9.Bh4
almost all games here are from 2014 or after, so definitely a computer-checked line
  
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Unusual lines in the Exchange QGD
06/03/19 at 16:33:09
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After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 h6 7.Bh4, the moves 7...g6 and 7...Be6 both look interesting. I'm curious as to why neither of them are commonly played - in the rare cases strong GMs have played them, they have had good results, especially after 7...g6 (which of course has the natural idea of 8.e3 Bf5). Are there some ways for white to gain an advantage against these lines? IM Panayotis Frenzdas has claimed that black is completely equal after 7...Be6, but I feel that were this the case elite players would use this more often, especially as many players such as Caruana have recently used 6.Qc2 to avoid the Short System.
  
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