The rare 9. Nbd2 gambit in the Advanced French is an unexplored line that produces powerful positions for White, rich with tactical opportunities. Reminiscent of the c3 Sicilian, White utilizes a double-bishop piece attack coupled with a strong pawn on e5. The main game and its accompanying exciting sample miniatures demonstrate typical themes in the opening. White sacrifices a pawn for rapid development and devastating control of the c-file. A few inaccuracies can fatally expose Black’s King and give White a decisive advantage in less than 25 moves. This line serves as a viable practical alternative in open tournaments where Black is likely to be caught of guard.
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