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Re: The surprising Pawn Push variation.
Reply #2 - 09/02/20 at 18:27:47
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Of course 2...e5 3. c4 transposes to 3. d5?! in the Budapest.  Then 3...Bc5 is the old book move.
  
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Re: The surprising Pawn Push variation.
Reply #1 - 09/02/20 at 17:57:24
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1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 e5 looks pretty good, with the idea ...Bc5, ...d7-d6, ...O-O, if necessary ...a7-a6. If 3.c4 then 3...Bb4+ looks even better. Anybody who plays 2.d5 I would expect to play 3.dxe6, when after 3...fxe6 black has the same development plan with the bonus of a good half-open f-file. Another idea for white is 3.Bg5, when I would play 3...Bc5 4.e3 h6 5.Bh4 d6 6.Nd2 Nbd7 then something like ...a7-a6, ...Bc5-a7, ...Nd7-f8-g6.
  
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The surprising Pawn Push variation.
09/02/20 at 17:07:42
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I've been playing on Lichess recently and was surprised when playing Black against Stockfish I faced this move...1.d4 Nf6 2.d5?!

I doubt many people in here get this but for surprise value this one certainly fits the bill. And it's a surprisingly difficult to face because you're certainly not expecting this move. I don't think Avrukh even bothers mentioning it in Beating d4 Sidelines but I could be wrong.

The problem is what am I supposed to transpose into when trying to get around this move by White? Because this is completely uncharted waters in terms of opening theory. I wouldn't be surprised if Carlsen plays this online.
  
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