[February 12, 2018] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Three Knights Variation (Suchting, Schlechter and Chebanenko Variations)

[Line 098 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 without 4… dxc4, 4… e6]

Suchting Variation (4… Qb6) is one of the Slav Defense sidelines that is rarely seen nowadays, since White can easily get a long-term advantage, though, in our opinion, 5. Qc2 is the most unpleasant reaction for Black.

Even against the Schlechter Variation (4… g6) White can claim advantage in a few different ways, for instance by playing 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bf4 g6 7. e3.

The main area of interest in our Line 098 is the Chebanenko Variation (4… a6), i. e. its numerous sidelines for White, since the main moves are covered in our Lines 099-103.

The Modern Gambit line 5. g3 dxc4 6. Bg2 usually makes things difficult for Black, while 5. Qb3 e6 6. Bg5 is a calm alternative, recommendable to club level players.

[Diagram: Black to Move] G. Haika – G. Bartsch, corr. 2007. White is threatening to take the Rook on h8, and also to give check on b8. Black probably didn’t have too many problems to find the best idea in a correspondence game, but it’s definitely not that easy to find it at the chess board!

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