Line 097 deals with the main line of the Schallopp Defense. Most positions in this line are quite typical of the Slav Defense: White gets a bishop pair, but Black’s position remains very solid. After 7… hxg6, White has a plethora of possibilities.
For club level players we suggest 8. Rb1, with the idea to launch a queenside advance c4-c5 and b2-b4-b5, an idea introduced at the high level by Topalov in his World Championship match against Kramnik.
[Diagram: Black to Move] I. Khairullin – V. Artemiev, Khanty-Mansiysk 2013. Young Artemiev missed a chance to get a lasting advantage. What should Black play?
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