[October 10, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Dragan Barlov:
Slav Defense, Quiet Variation – Chebanenko Variation

[Line 090 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 without 5. Nc3]

The main move against the Chebanenko Varitation is 5. Nc3 and it’s covered in our Line 102. Among the other White’s choices on 5th move 5. Bd3, 5. Qc2, 5. Nbd2 and 5. Bd2 deserve serious attention. Black’s usual plan is 5… Bg4, or (if allowed) 5… Bf5, followed by e7-e6, Be7 and O-O.

An examplary line could be 5. Bd3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 e6 7. O-O Nbd7 8. b3 Bd6, where Black has comfortable position.

Move 5. Qc2 seems to pose a bit more problems for Black, though he is again able to obtain roughly equal positions, both with 5… Bg4 6. Ne5 Bh5 and 5… g6 6. Bd3 Bg7 7. O-O O-O.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Z. Azmaiparashvili – G. Kasparov, Crete 2003. Kasparov didn’t miss the chance to take over the initiative and soon gained a decisive advantage. What is the best continuation for Black?

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