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|Sun May 1 2005 8:07PM | MsgID: 1975248|
Originally posted by: "Xargon, Steward of Zetland"
I'd rather play white in a simple opening like this because you have the initiative (but I suppose thats true to any opening). Is there any reason black wouldn't just turn it into a four knight opening next move by developing his knight to f6 next? I think thats what I would do if I was black.
Actually, it is Black's intention to avoid the symmetry of the Four Knights' Game by choosing NOT to play 3...Nf6 that gives this opening its name.
The main continuations are:
1) 3...g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 (or 5.Nxd4)
2) 3...Bb4 4.Nd5
3) 3...Bc5 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4
In MCO-13 most lines are evaluated "equal" or "slightly better" for White, but I guess that's common among the double e-pawn systems. Anyway, such evaluations are the opinions of specialists, typically master strength players or theoreticians. I'm not sure how much bearing that has on club level play, especially in over-the board activity. Personally, I believe the attempt to break the symmetry and play energetically (without violating basic principles) is a good practical choice of defensive opening system.