[November 20, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Pin Defense with 5… Bxf3

[Line 092 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 Bxf3]

In the Exchange Variation in the Pin Defense Black usually tries to simplify the position in the early stage of the game. His plan typically includes giving away his light-squared Bishop for the opponent’s Knight, followed by placing his pawns on white squares, thus making his position tough to penetrate.

On the other hand, White mostly resorts to a slow build-up, intending to use his bishop pair in a long term battle. The other plan is to make a kingside pawn push, like in the main line – 6. Qxf3 e6 7. Nc3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. g4!?, which would make the position significantly more dynamic. Either way, we think that Black has sufficient resources to keep the position balanced in this line.

[Diagram: Black to Move] I. Lysyj – N. Vitiugov, Serpukhov 2008. Black has an opportunity to make use of White’s weakened kingside, but it requires a very energetic play…

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