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  • 5...Ne4 is an attempt to get a Dutch formation. It is not that good. White can even take the knight 6.Nxe4 and get a decent game.
  • Book is 6.Bd3 allowing 6...f5
  • Black then plans if 7. Ne5 to bring his queen to the kingside 7.Qh4
  • 4.... Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.Bd3 f5
  • 4.... Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.Bd3 f5

    [Event "?"] [Site "Teplitz-Schonau"] [Date "1922.??.??"] [White "Teichmann,Richard"] [Black "Reti,Richard"] [Round "?"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D45"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Ne4 6. Bd3 f5 7. Ne5 Qh4 8. O-O Nd7 9. f4 Be7 10. Bd2 Nxe5 11. fxe5 Bg5 12. Rf3 Nxd2 13. Qxd2 Qxd4 14. exd4 Bxd2 15. cxd5 exd5 16. Rd1 Bxc3 17. bxc3 g6 18. h4 Be6 19. Kf2 Ke7 20. Ke3 b6 21. Rb1 Rab8 22. a4 c5 23. Rf2 c4 24. Bc2 a6 25. Bd1 Bd7 26. Rfb2 b5 27. Bf3 Bc6 28. axb5 axb5 29. Ra2 Ra8 30. Rba1 Rxa2 31. Rxa2 Ra8 32. Rxa8 Bxa8 33. Kf4 Bc6 34. Bd1 Bd7 35. h5 gxh5 36. Bxh5 h6 37. Bd1 Kd8 38. Bf3 Be6 39. Bd1 Kd7 40. Bc2 Kc6 41. Bb1 b4 42. cxb4 Kb5 43. Bxf5 c3 44. Bh7 Kxb4 45. g4 Kc4 46. g5 hxg5+ 47. Kxg5 Bd7 48. Kf6 Ba4 49. e6 c2 0-1

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  • If White forgoes bringing his bishop out. Without a Knight on c3. Black can bring his bishop out 4...Bf5 and have a fine game
  • But their are some traps as mentioned by GM Rubin Fine
    1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5

  • Trap 1
    5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Qc8
  • 6...Qc7 is best
  • 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3

  • the move 8.Na3 is to keep the c file open for the rook
  • 7.Bd2 e6 8.Na3 Nc6 9.Rc1
  • 6.Qb3 Qc8 7.Bd2 e6 8.Na3 Nc6 9.Rc1

    9...Ne4 10.Ne5 Nxd2 11.Kxd2 Bb4+ 12.Kd1 Be7 13.Ba6

    9...Ne4 10.Ne5 Nxd2 11.Kxd2 Bb4+ 12.Kd1 Be7 13.Ba6

    Trap

  • Black has a fine game if he plays Trap1 correctly (6...Qc7 instead of 6...Qc8) White wins 24% loses 24% Draws 52%
  • note: bringing the bishop out 4...Bf5 would not work if White hadn't locked his bishop 4.e3 If say 3...Bf5 because white could then go after (3.. Bf5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Qb3 Qc2 6.Nc3 e6 ) 7.Bf4!! the g pawn is threatened of black takes the bishop. This gives white an important tempo
  • 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Qc7
  • 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Qc7

    6...Qc7 is best

    [Event "Open"] [Site "Podova ITA"] [Date "1998.??.??"] [White "Chatalbashev,B"] [Black "Khenkin,I"] [Round "04"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2535"] [BlackElo "2600"] [ECO "D10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bf5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Qc7 7. Bd2 e6 8. Bb5+ Nc6 9. Bb4 Bd6 10. Qa3 Ne4 11. Nbd2 O-O 12. Bxd6 Nxd6 13. Be2 Rfd8 14. O-O Qa5 15. Qxa5 Nxa5 16. Rac1 Rac8 17. Nh4 Be4 18. f3 Bc2 19. g3 g5 20. Ng2 Bg6 21. Kf2 f6 22. Rfd1 Kf7 23. Ne1 Ke7 24. Nd3 Nac4 25. Nxc4 dxc4 26. Nc5 b6 27. Na6 b5 28. Nc5 e5 29. b3 exd4 30. exd4 cxb3 31. axb3 a5 32. Ra1 Ra8 33. Ra2 Ra7 34. d5 Rc8 35. b4 Raa8 36. Rd4 a4 37. Bd3 Kf7 38. Bxg6+ hxg6 39. h4 Nf5 40. Rd3 gxh4 41. gxh4 Rd8 42. Re2 Ra7 43. Re6 Nxh4 44. Rc6 a3 45. d6 a2 46. Rc7+ Rxc7 47. dxc7 Rxd3 48. Nxd3 a1=Q 49. c8=Q Qa2+ 50. Kg3 Qg2+ 51. Kxh4 g5+ 52. Kh5 0-1

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  • Trap 2
  • 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Nc3
  • 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Nc3

  • 7...Nfd7 is best
    6....e6 7.Ne5 Nbd7
  • 6....e6 7.Ne5 Nbd7

    8.g4 Bg6 9.h4

    8.g4 Bg6 9.h4

  • Lets look at the great game Black gets if Trap 2 is played correctly . Stats White wins 7% loses 57% draw 36%
  • 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Nc3 e6 7.Ne5 Nfd7
  • 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Nc3 e6 7.Ne5 Nfd7

    7...Nfd7 is best

    [Event "FIDE WCh KO"] [Site "Groningen NED"] [Date "1997.??.??"] [White "Kurajica,B"] [Black "Granda Zuniga,J"] [Round "1.3"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2545"] [BlackElo "2625"] [ECO "D10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bf5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nc3 e6 7. Ne5 Nfd7 8. g4 Bg6 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. Bg2 Nc6 11. e4 dxe4 12. Bxe4 Nf6 13. Bg2 Be7 14. Be3 Qa5 15. a3 Rd8 16. g5 Nd5 17. Bxd5 exd5 18. Qf3 Bb4 19. Rc1 Bxc3+ 20. Rxc3 Qb5 21. b4 a5 22. Qe2 Qxe2+ 23. Kxe2 axb4 24. axb4 Rh4 25. Rd3 Kd7 26. Kf3 Ra8 27. Kg3 Re4 28. Rc1 Ra4 29. f3 Re8 30. Rc5 Ne7 31. Bf4 Rc8 32. Rb5 Kc6 33. Rc5+ Kd7 34. Rb5 Kc6 35. Rc5+ Kd7 36. Rb5 Ra7 37. Be5 Rc4 38. Bb8 Kc6 39. Rc5+ Rxc5 40. bxc5 Ra4 41. Be5 Nf5+ 42. Kg4 Rb4 43. Kh3 Kb5 44. Rd2 Kc4 45. Kg4 Kc3 46. Ra2 Nxd4 47. Bxg7 Kb3 48. Rd2 Nf5+ 49. f4 Nxg7 50. Rxd5 Ne6 51. Rd7 Rxf4+ 52. Kg3 Nxc5 53. Rxb7+ Nxb7 54. Kxf4 Nd6 55. Ke5 Ne8 56. Kd5 Kc3 57. Kc6 f5 58. gxf6 Nxf6 59. Kd6 Kd4 60. Ke6 Nh5 61. Kf7 Nf4 62. Kf6 Ke4 63. h3 Kf3 64. Kg5 Kg3 65. h4 Kf3 0-1

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