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axedrez 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Strange Variation 1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3

Looks like a typical QGD, right? Maybe 3...Nf6 or 3...Be7 is to follow. No!


Ever seen this defense? It is not in any of my opening books.

Your Surprised Acquaintance,


philaretus 11 ( +1 | -1 )
The obvious reply is.... ....4.e4. There's a reason for the normal move 3...Nf6. It's not to defend the Queen's pawn, which is already twice defended.
v_glorioso12 11 ( +1 | -1 )
the reason for Ne7 is so the knight can't get pinned.
it doesn't have a specific name. it's just the Queen's Gambit Declined/Nc3 Variation
philaretus 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Indeed.... .....the Knight can't get pinned, but the cure is worse than the disease. The Knight is poorly-placed on e7.
triangulator 8 ( +1 | -1 )
welll on the white side, I sometimes play Bd3 and Ne2, but here the pin after Nf6 isn't so bad Ne7(?!) is what I give it
atrifix 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Not sure if 4. e4 is best (the normal move nowadays being not 3... Nf6, of course, but 3... Be7, when 4. e4 just leaves the d-pawn weak). Black could create some trouble by ...Nf5. I would most likely play 4. Nf3--Black's problem being that he cannot develop his KB--and perhaps 5. e4. For example, on 4... c6? then 5. e4 dxe4 6. Nxe4 Nf5 7. c5 is very strong.