[February 25, 2018] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
May 2013/August 2016 Revisited: Slav Defense with 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5
This is the fifth (sic!) updating of this line, which seems to offer the players of Black nice practical chances, in spite of the theoretical verdict, which is quite clear: White has the upper hand, but proving it requires extremely accurate play deep into the middlegame.
[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position is from the analysis following our improvement on M. Krasenkow – H. Tikkanen, Stockholm 2018. Black still has some compensation for the sacrificed pawn, so White has to neutralize his opponent’s piece activity to claim clear advantage. What is his best course of action?
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