2016-02-12 - Update Line 246[October 09, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
Semi-Slav, Vienna Variation with 5. e4

[Line 246 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4]

This update is a small tribute to our late colleague GM Dragan Paunović. In memory of our dear friend, our Editorial Board will continue updating his lines and articles.

Positions occurring after 5… c5 6. d5 are covered in Line 056, while the more popular 5… Bb4 is the topic of this opening line.

Players of White that prefer complications often go for a gambit line 6. Bxc4 Nxe4 7. O-O, where after 7… Nxc3 8. bxc3 both 8… Be7 and 7… Bd6 lead to dynamically balanced positions. A less obligatory continuation is 6. Bg5, where 6… h6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8. Bxc4 c5 is a variation occasionally employed by some of the World’s top players. The other option for Black is 6… c5, where, apart from 7. Bxc4 that is covered separately in Line 247, White has the sharp 7. e5 with roughly equal chances.

[Diagram: White to Move] White pieces are aiming for the poorly protected black King. If you look carefully, you will find a way to carry out a decisive attack…

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