The 6 Bc4 variation offers a variety of themes and ideas after 6...e6 7 Bb3 b5. White eyes the sensitive e6 square for possible sacrifices with either Be6 or Ne6 once Black has removed one of its protectors (either by ...Bb7 or by blocking its protection with ...Nbd7 or, in some cases, ...Nfd7).
The Najdorf Defense with 6 Bc4
White's early use or abuse of his Kingside pawn structure nearly always dictates the course of action which Black must follow. In the older variations, Black must follow. In the older variations, Black is assured theoretical equality with cautious play. Additional tournament praxis is required to fully assess the complexities of the more recent innovations, particularly the seemingly innocous 4 Nf3 variation.
CLEARANCE - The Advance Variation of the Caro-Kann Defense
The attacking move 6 f4 against the Dragon Defense appeared in tournament praxis over half a century ago. White bypasses the heavily analyzed Yugoslav Attack (6 Be3, 7 f3 and 8 Qd2) and the well-tested Classical Variation (6 Be2, 7 Be3 and 8 00) in favor of immediate complications in the center.
CLEARANCE - The Modern Levenfish Attack in The Dragon Defense
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