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Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...c6/3. cxd5

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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 Defence Exchange VariationEdit

3. cxd5Edit

After this move, the tension in the center is relieved, often allowing black equality. Because of this, this variation often ends in a draw.

Black's only decent move is to complete the exchange of pawns with 3...cxd5, though Nf6!? might be interesting. However, 3...Qxd5? Nc3 gains a lot of tempi on the queen and should be avoided. After the exchange, black will find it difficult to win unless white is overly ambitious.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6

3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Exchange Variation D10 cxd5
Exchange Variation D10
a b c d e f g h
8                 8
7                 7
6                 6
5                 5
4                 4
3                 3
2                 2
1                 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)


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