The Fantasy Variation under discussion

3/17/2010 – In CBM 133 Sergey Erenburg recommended a setup with 3...e6 against the Fantasy Variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3. In CBM 134 Lars Schandorff followed up with 3...dxe4, a recommendation for Caro-Kann players who do not like the "French"-type structures after 3...e6 and prefer a free development of their c8-bishop. Our reader Marcus Schmücker took the article by Lars Schandorff as a starting point to delve deeper into the material and to look for alternatives for White. His interesting suggestion after 3... dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 Nd7 goes 7.c3!? (7.0-0 was analysed by Schandorff). ChessBase Magazine Online.

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In CBM 133 Sergey Erenburg recommended against the Fantasy Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 - a setup with 3...e6. In CBM 134 Lars Schandorff followed up with in 3...dxe4 a recommendation for Caro-Kann players who do not like the "French"-type structures after 3...e6 and prefer a free development of their c8-bishop. Our reader Marcus Schmücker took the article by Lars Schandorff as a starting point to delve deeper into the material an to look for alternatives for White. His interesting suggestion after 3... dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 Nd7 goes 7.c3!? (7.0-0 was analysed by Schandorff). He then kindly made his analysis available to us. In addition, the Fantasy Variation was also recommended by Nigel Davies, who presented it on his DVD "1.e4 for the creative attacker" as part of a repertoire for White. And also in the European Championship in Rijeka the position after 3.f3 appeared on the board 13 times. Baadur Jobava was the Black player with the highest Elo and defended against Nepomniachtchi and against Timofeev with 3...Qb6.

The starting position for the analysis by our reader Marcus Schmücker:

Analysis by Marcus Schmücker.

Fantasy Variation in the European Chess Championship in Rijeka.


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