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The system presented here is called the Möller or also the Modern Arkhangelsk Variation. It is very popular at the present time at the top level, because it meets the desire of many grandmasters for active play with Black. It has, for example, often been played by Alexei Shirov and Viswanathan Anand. In the original Arkhangelsk Variation (5...b5 6.Bb3 Bb7) Black immediately develops his queen’s bishop to b7. In the old form of the Möller Variation 5...Bc5 is played before ...b5. The modern system with 5...b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 has developed as a mixture of them both.
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New Developments in the Arkhangelsk Variation
Mikhalchishin's new work sheds light on fresh ideas in the hyper-sharp c3 variation, the classical line, which is specially well played by Caruana, as well as further entertaining developments in the Semi-Arkhangelsk with a temporarily delayed b7-b5.