I was playing with a friend who, after the typical 1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4, he played 4.c5?
I ended up playing Bxc3. My opponent won eventually with a strong queenside push.
Seems to me, white is at a disadvantage due to poor development and doubled pawns, but also ends up with an advanced pawn (with the ability to double up one of blacks pawns), and prevents ….c5. Furthermore, Ba3 would help protect the pawn and lead to some interesting positions with the threat of Bxf8.
But there must be a reason this move is never played. There was only 1 >2000 game on the internet I could find (which probably means it’s a junk move) but white won a fun game. http://www.365chess.com/view_game.php?g=629177
I’m not familiar with this opening, and so I was curious to ask what you all think of it. My friend explained he’d used it a few times with Ba3 and Qb3 to create some attacking chances, but strong players don’t fall for it.
Is it playable?