Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. exd5/3...exd5/4. Bd3
|Moves: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3|
The easy way for Black to keep the balance, and also the main line, is maintaining the symmetry: 4...Bd6.
If Black wants to unbalance the game and reduce the chances that the game ends in a draw, they can try 4...c5. Although this allows White to give Black an isolated d-pawn (5.dxc5), Black gets a space advantage and some initiative as a compensation.
Black can also try to go for queenside castling and unbalance the game this way: 4...Nc6, followed by development of Bc8 and Qd8.
|1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4. Bd3|
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- Kasparov, Garry, & Keene, Raymond 1989 Batsford chess openings 2. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.