Originally posted by greenpawn34I looked through some Blackburne games and while he is a good attacker, he still outplayed his opponent in the middlegame irrespectiveof the opening. He had an interesting comment here:
Blackburne, one of the greatest attacking players played 3.exd5 with
every expectation of winning.
Re 3...Qxd5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qg4
Picks the bones out of that.
Originally posted by zebanoAri Ziegler, international master is a French player, he gave up the Sicilian for something more solid, anyhow he states that if you want an advantage as white, one should play Nc3 variation, he states that the exchange variation should reach easy equality for black!
Back to the question at hand ( is 3.. Qxd5 playable)
Yes I believe like many other questionable openings, it is playable but it is worse than exd5. You may "take white out of book" which I believe is overrated and it will be more dynamic but this is because you don't have a symmetric partially open game like you otherwise would. White gets additional space ...[text shortened]... ying the french has an uphill battle.
Edit to answer the OPs question first.
Originally posted by robbie carrobieI believe that is what I was arguing but I also stated that Nd2 is advantageous for white. I believe Kasparov stated something along the lines of "Nc3 is best but Nd2 is good enough to win".
Ari Ziegler, international master is a French player, he gave up the Sicilian for something more solid, anyhow he states that if you want an advantage as white, one should play Nc3 variation, he states that the exchange variation should reach easy equality for black!
Originally posted by chesstony82How about 5. ...Nc6; if 6. Qg7 Qd4; or if 6. Nf3 then g6.
Re: The position...
5...Kf8 looks fine to me. This is the line that I am most likely to go into so I will definately be looking into this deeper.
5...Ne7 6.Qxg7 Rg8 7.Qxh7 Rxg2 is unclear but it looks like black gets some compensation. I'm going to look some more into this line, looks fun to play but probably not good enough over the board.
5... ...[text shortened]... .Bb4 then ...Be7 in the Queen's Indian where black forces white to misplace one of his pieces.