This question relates to the following possible continuation of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann:
[fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Bg6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4
This arose in an opening video by an Indian GM, and he said
9.Nxd4 was a poor move because white's
g4 push lose its venom. I was wondering if it simply drops a pawn.
9...Nxe5 recommended here?
Stockfish recommends it, but that's different to being practically playable by humans. Stockfish plays:
[fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Bg6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Bd6 (10...Nc6 11.Qa4 Qd7 12.Bb5 Rc8 13.c4 Nf6 14.Nc3 a6) (10...Nd7 11.Nb5 e5 12.Qxd5 exf4 13.Qxb7 Rc8 14.Re1 Bc5 15. b4 Ne7 16.bxc5 Nxc5 17.Qxa7 O-O) 11.Bb5+ Kf8 12.Re1 Nc4 13.Bxd6 Nxd6
Some of these lines are sharp, and may not be easily playable by humans. Perhaps there's a reasonable alternative here.