Ponziani Update 14

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Ponziani Update 14
03.02.2001
[David Taylor]

Ponziani Update #14
by David Taylor

This update is mostly taken from the section on the Ponziani Opening at the Kasparov website.  

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 5.d5 Nb8 [ 5...Ne7 is often played; After 5...Nb8 White gets a slight lead in development and an slight space advantage. These two "slight" advantages add up to give White a pleasant game] 6.Nxe5 Nf6 7.Ng4! Here is a quote from the website: "This is an improvement over current theory. While 7. Bd3 is without point, 7. Be2 is an old game Chekhov - Psakhis but it hardly gives an advantage. The main point of 7. Ng4 is the threat 8. Qe2+ followed by Nxf6+ gxf6." I will agree that 7. Ng4! is a good move but 7. Bd3 also maintains some advantage as given in Chapter 5 of my book 7...Nxg4 [ Here the website mentions 7...Be7 8.Nxf6+ Bxf6 9.d6! ( Also in this line 9.Bd3 is quite playable. A follow up here could be 9...0-0 10.0-0 d6 11.Nd2 Nd7 12.Ne4 some White advantage) I will follow this up with: 9...Be5 10.dxc7 Qxc7 11.Nd2 0-0 12.Nf3 some White advantage] 8.Qxg4 here the website concludes with "White has a space advantage and Black cannot develop Bf8 without difficulty. 8. ...d6 may be answered by 9. Qd4, 9. Qg3 or 9. Bb5+