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chris21 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Nimzowitch defence, Scandanavian variation? After 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 0-0-0 6. Nc3 Qa5 7.Be3... I'm having real problems facing 7...Qb4?! My book reccomends 7..Nf6. But if there is a refutation to 7..Qb4 I certainly can't find it. I end up in a mess after trying moves such as 8.Nb5 and 8.Rb1.

Anyone care to enlighten me?

Thanks very much:)
caldazar 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Haven't really done any detailed analysis, but just glancing at the position, 7... Qb4 just seems like a waste of a move and allows White to get in 8. a3 for free; 8... Qb6 would probably follow. Might as well just play 7... Qb6 in that case. 7... Qb4 8. a3 Qb6 9. Qd2 and things are starting to look a bit dangerous for Black to me.
mattafort 5 ( +1 | -1 )
after 8.a3 Qxb2?? 9.Na4
Black Queen is trapped!
caldazar 59 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, there is that, but even without a queen-trap maneuver, snatching the b2-pawn looks extremely risky to me. Black has poor development, his king is on the queenside, and now he wants to spend more time moving his queen about and opening lines towards his king position? I'd be very surprised if Black could get away with something like that. Say: 7... Qb4 8.a3 Qb6 9. Qd2 Qxb2?! 10. O-O and White is threatening Rfb1 when he has practically his whole army in strong attacking positions while Black has three of his pieces sitting at home. I'll take the White side any day.