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Hi
A continuation like [...] would allow me to gain the initiative on this side of the board
means
A continuation like [...] can allow me to gain the initiative on this side of the board
or is there a difference?

Thanks in advance

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'would allow' sounds all right.

'can allow' sounds wrong. You may as well say 'allows'.

'might allow' is also possible.

CJ

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Why is 'can allow' wrong?

In the given context 'can' and 'allow' mean almost the same thing.


'can allow' is not always wrong:

This movie is not appropriate for children under 13, but I can allow children over 12 to see it.

CJ