Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...c6/3. Nc3/3...dxc4/4. e3/4...b5/5. Nxb5/5...cxb5/6. Qf3/6...Nc6/7. Qxc6/7...Bd7/8. Qf3/8...e5

< Chess Opening Theory‎ | 1. d4‎ | 1...d5‎ | 2. c4‎ | 2...c6‎ | 3. Nc3‎ | 3...dxc4‎ | 4. e3‎ | 4...b5‎ | 5. Nxb5‎ | 5...cxb5‎ | 6. Qf3‎ | 6...Nc6‎ | 7. Qxc6‎ | 7...Bd7‎ | 8. Qf3
Slav Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. Nxb5 cxb5 6. Qf3 Nc6 7. Qxc6 Bd7 8. Qf3 e5

8...e5!Edit

This excellent pawn sacrifice completely frees black's position. With the Bishop threatening coming to b4, and the queen exposed on f3, black has a crushing initiative. What if dxe5? Well, then the d-file open, and Black's attack accelerates. Check the theory table for more info about what happens after dxe5. White's best is probably Bd2, stopping Bb4 and holding life and limb together.

Theory tableEdit

8 9 10
...

e5

dxe5?

Bb4+

Ke2

Nh6

-/+
Bd2

Bd6

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