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Vitya Makov wrote on 2009-10-06 UTC
1. d4 c5 2. dxc5 Na6 and now White can't hold on to the pawn, e.g. 3. Be3 e6 4. e4 Nxc5 5. Bxc5 Bxc5 and Black has an edge in development. 

4.e4 is impossible because of Be3. And why trade bishop for knight (5. Bxc5) in such position?! Why need to protect this dead pawn?!

Some variants:

d4 c5 

1. d4 c5 
2. dxc5 Na6
3. Nc3 (or c3 or Bf4)

I think d4 is not a very good move. It doesn't open diagonal lines for Cardinal. e4 - is the best. c4 is also good.

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