[June 14, 2017] Updated Opening Line from Dragan Paunović:
Slav Defense, Exchange Variation – Trifunovic Variation & Symmetrical Line

[Line 065 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 without 5… a6, 5… e6, 5… g6]

This update is a small tribute to our late colleague GM Dragan Paunović. In memory of our dear friend, our Editorial Board will continue updating his lines and articles.

Line 065 deals with Black’s possible choices on 5th move, excluding 5… a6 covered in Line 066, a bit passive 5… e6 (transposing to a sideline of Line 265) and the not too promising 5… g6 (Line 098). The main alternative is the Symmetrical Line (5… Nc6), while 5… Qb6 also deserves attention.

After 5… Nc6 White almost exclusively proceeds with 6. Bf4, where besides 6… a6 (transposing to Line 066) and the usual 6… Bf5, Black can also obtain good prospects with 6… e6, 6… Qb6, and even 6… Nh5.

Trifunovic Variation (6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4) is considered to be one of the main lines of the Exchange Variation in the Slav Defense, where Black typically equalizes with a few accuracies.

[Diagram: White to Move] Move 17. Nc5 leaves White with a longterm advantage, but there is an even more powerful continuation for him. What would you propose?

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