Hiya, working on some opening prep for an upcoming opponent in my local dutch league. Somewhat likely this position may arise - can anyone suggest some good plans for White?
In my style of play, seeing that white has a nice castle, instead of f3, I would play h3 to prepare f4.
That way whatever he plays he will have an isolated pawn in the center (or a nice flank to attack). You too, but as I said your king is safe so you can allow some madness in the center.
h3 is to prevent an annoying Ng4 threatening your hanging bishop.
Good look in the tournament!
9.Nb5! and 11.b3!
Pleasant endgame, no risk, play against weak pawns c6, a7
Side note: If he grabs the pawn with 12...Nxe4 then you play f3 and after that you put your knight back to d6. You get beautiful compensation. You can build up pressure against f7 (Bc4, maybe Rhf1 and f4), while he needs to waste time bringing his bish c8 into play.
BTW, just in case he plays 6...a6! (main line) instead of 6...h6? then take on e7 and play Bg5, no matter how he retakes. You control d5.
Example for that too:
Hi! Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this. Thanks for your input, super helpful and interesting. I appreciate you taking the time to help.
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