[May 14, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Chebanenko Variation with 5. e3

[Line 102 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 without 5… e6, 5… Bf5]

Among several popular choices in this modern tabiya, two of them are covered in other opening lines – 5… e6 in Line 274 and 5… Bf5 in Line 094.

Moves like 5… g6, 5… Nbd7 or 5… Bg4 give White plenty of space to operate, and that is enough to secure him a longterm advantage.

Move 5… b5 is heavily examined, and since the most promising 6. b3 is covered in detail in our Line 103, the quiet 6. cxd5 and the more ambitious 6. c5 are the main area of interest of this opening line.

After 6. c5 g6 move 7. Ne5 with the idea f2-f4 seems to leave Black with the most serious problems to solve. White seizes space and stops Black from playing a typical breakthrough counterthrust e7-e5. The game could then continue with 7… Bg7 8. f4 a5 9. Bd3 Bf5 and Black’s position is very solid and hard to crack.

[Diagram: White to Move] Z. Kožul – O. Jovanić, Rijeka 2010. Black only needs to transfer his Knight from a6 to d5 to reach a comfortable position. However, that’s too slow and White can seize the advantage with an aggressive play. Can you see it?

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