[May 16, 2016] Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojević:
Slav Defense, Schallopp Defense with 7. Nxg6

[Line 097 : 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6]

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.

8. g3 Nbd7 9. a3 with the next b2-b3 is one of our recommendations to advanced players; 8. Qb3, followed by g3 and Bg2 is another interesting plan.

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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