Modern Line of the Slav Defense, covered in this opening line, resembles the Catalan Defense. The biggest difference is that black bishop is here placed on f5, compared to c8 or b7 in the Catalan. After the usual follow-up 6. g3 e6 7. Bg2 Nbd7 8. O-O Be7, beside the most frequently played 9. Nc3, White has an alternative in 9. e3, and on 9… O-O, either 10. Rd1 or 10. Qe2.
The main line goes 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Re1, planning the e2-e4 push on the next move. Though 10… Bg6 11. e4 b5 is an interesting option, players of Black more often go for 10… Ne4, where in the position arising after 11. Qb3 Qb6 12. Nh4 Black can equalize either with 12… Bh4 13. gxh4 Ndf6, or 12… Qxb3 13. axb3 Bb4 14. Nxf5 exf5.
[Diagram: White to Move] This one is pretty easy – White wins the game in just a couple of moves, by using Black’s poor control of the dark squares!
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