[December 07, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Schallopp Defense without 6… Bg6

[Line 095 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 without 6… Bg6]

Line 095 covers 6. Nh4, which is the most ambitious variation for players of White in the Schallopp Defense. Besides the main 6… Bg6 (Lines 096 and 097), there is a rare and not so good 6… Bg4, and an interesting 6… Be4, with the idea to provoke f3 and thus weaken White’s kingside. As the result, after 7. f3 Bg6, White often opts for queenside castling, which typically leads to dynamic positions, but Black’s rock-solid position without obvious weaknesses gives him good chances to equalize.

[Diagram: White to Move] How should White use the vulnerable position of his opponent’s king?

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