Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...c6/3. Nf3/3...Nf6/4. Nc3/4...dxc4

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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)


Slav accepted 4. ... dxc4Edit

Moves: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4

Black finally takes the sacrificial pawn with dxc4. This move has about half the popularity of the main line e6. It threatens a pawn advance onto White's queenside. White usually plays 5. a4 to defend against 5 .. b5 which cements Black's hold on this side of the board and threatens a pawn advance onto White's queenside.

Theory tableEdit

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4

Alapin variation a4
Slav gambit e4
Alekhine variation e3

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  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.