[March 13, 2018] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Chebanenko Variation with 5. c5

[Line 100 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. c5 without 5… Nbd7]

Line 100 deals with 5. c5, which is one of the most critical lines in the Chebanenko Variation of the Slav Defense; it covers all the responses that Black’s has at his disposal at this important theoretical juncture, apart from the main 5… Nbd7, which is covered in our Line 101.

Since 5… g6 and 5… Bg4 allow White to gain opening advantage in a rather simplistic manner, 5… Bf5 is the main focus of this line. The best plan for the players of White is to deploy the dark-squared bishop on the h2-b8 diagonal by playing 6. Bf4, and after 6… Nbd7 they should proceed with 7. e3, since 7… Nh5 8. h3 Nxf4 9. exf4 e6 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 leaves White with a slight pull.

Black can also try either 7… g6 or 7… e6 but, in our opinion, in both cases White can successfully fight for opening advantage, primarily thanks to controlling more space.

[Diagram: White to Move] I. Cheparinov – E. Bacrot, Elista 2008. In the diagrammed position Cheparinov played energetically and gained substantial advantage. How did he proceed?

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