[December 30, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Chebanenko Variation with 5. c5 Nbd7

[Line 101 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. c5 Nbd7]

Line 101 deals with one of the main lines in the Chebanenko Variation. Black’s play is usually focused on the e7-e5 advance, with or without the kingside fianchetto. 6. Bf4 is the most frequent way for counter Black’s thematic plan, which is usually met with 6… Nh5, trying to kick away the annoying Bishop. The main line follows with 7. Bd2 Nhf6 8. Qc2 g6 9. g3, where Black has a choice between 9… Bg7 and 9… e5. In our opinion, both options lead to satisfactory positions for Black.

[Diagram: Black to Move] White’s pawns are scattered and Black has a bishop pair, but his knight is under attack. How can Black gain a lasting advantage? 

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