[November 14, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Schallopp Defense without 7. Nxg6

[Line 096 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 without 7. Nxg6]

Line 096 covers variations in the Schallopp Defense beginning with 5. Nh4 Bg6, where White opts to delay capturing the Bishop on g6, while 6. Nxg6 is the topic of our Line 097.

The reason behind the delay is to keep the h-file closed, at least until the center becomes more open. Black’s solid position in this line is generally hard to break, which is why this defense is often played among top-level players.

[Diagram: White to Move] White has the chance to make use of the fact that Black King still hasn’t castled. How would you continue?

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