Hague B. - Ledger A.
This is certainly the move White wants to make , but here it is rushed. White should patiently prepare f2-f4 by playing Nge2 and 0-0 first:
9. Nge2! Rb8 (9... Nh5 10.
Black takes direct advantage of Hague's inaccurate move-order.
A further mistake. White should artificially castle:
Unexpected and very strong. The e4 and g4 squares both creak and Hague's King starts to feel the heat.
Simple fare. After 24 exf6 comes 24...Re3.0-1
Spiridonov N. (2373) - Tchoubar V. (2390)
Sakharov Memorial 1st/Kiev (7) 2002
I am on the verge of completing a video for Chesscube about this modest variation. If you are considering building a balanced opening repertoire having a solid option like this is always useful. An added bonus of the 3...dxe4 move-order is that it can be used against either 3 Nc3 or 3 Nd2. Black sets out his stall very modestly and makes his position extremely difficult to crack.
Somewhere along the line, Black has to free his position with either ...c7-c5 or...e6-e5
White can often be tempted to overreach.
From here, the Queen radiates power
Basically, White has never had enough compensation.
I'm sure the new video will soon be available. Watch out for it in the shop!0-1