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Re: Cambridge Springs 7Bxf6
Reply #4 - 04/06/21 at 20:21:36
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Krudos wrote on 05/19/20 at 06:45:24:
Can someone point me to what the recent theory is on 7 Bxf6 in the Cambridge Springs please? GM Shankland recommends this system for black in his recent chessable course but doesn't cover this line which is quite often played online


Given most sources on the Cambridge Springs are quite old, how feasible is it to use the Shankland course just to play the Cambridge Springs ? (maybe adding a second source to cover the exchange variation if going through a more traditional move order)
  

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Re: Cambridge Springs 7Bxf6
Reply #3 - 02/05/21 at 16:17:44
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kylemeister wrote on 05/29/20 at 01:30:38:
the Panczyk/Ilczuk book from 2002 had 18 pages on it.


That's my source also. I quite like that book for its thorough coverage. I guess it is the CS bible. It can be updated in spots through articles in ChessPublishing.

It's been a long time since I looked at or played the CS. However, I made a note to myself based upon the P/I analysis of this line:

"P&I recommend ...Ne4 when white tries queen-side expansion with either a3 or c4. They suggest ...Bd6 in response to queen moves, and also mention ...Bb4 as an option. Their analysis often supports ...Be7."

The ChessAssistant database has 1900 games after 17Bxf6 Nxf6. Black scores 50%. Wins, losses, and draws each occur in about one third of the games. Black need not be afraid of this line.

On the other hand, black should not be complacent. Black's position looks a bit passive and he has to attend to development, at some point freeing his queen bishop. Black has the two bishops. We have a strategical imbalance and I think both players can look forward to a interesting game.
  
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Re: Cambridge Springs 7Bxf6
Reply #2 - 05/29/20 at 01:30:38
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I'm not aware of any recent theory on this (minor) line. 

Incidentally the Panczyk/Ilczuk book from 2002 had 18 pages on it.
  
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Re: Cambridge Springs 7Bxf6
Reply #1 - 05/29/20 at 00:26:31
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That is a very logical move, are you sure it isn't covered? I would find that very weird. Ask a question in the forum of the course.

Anyway, you obviously take back with the knight and there are many ways White can continue. But if Black can play Bd6 and e5, it's a good plan. You open the position for the bishop pair to work.
  
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Cambridge Springs 7Bxf6
05/19/20 at 06:45:24
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Can someone point me to what the recent theory is on 7 Bxf6 in the Cambridge Springs please? GM Shankland recommends this system for black in his recent chessable course but doesnt cover this line which is quite often played online
  
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