[November 09, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Queen’s Gambit Declined, Semi-Slav Defense – Stoltz Variation with 6… Bd6 7. b3

[Line 282 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. b3]

Topic of our Line 282 is a positional plan beginning with 7. b3, often leading to mostly symmetrical setups. After 7… O-O the most principal response from White is 8. Be2, since Black gets comfortable positions both after 8. Bb2 e5 and 8. Bd3 e5. Move e6-e5 is possible even against 8. Be2, but the position arising after 8. Be2 e5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Nb5 is easier to play with white pieces.

Black most often opts for a queenside fianchetto 8. Be2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Bb2, where there are at least two paths that lead to balanced positions. One is 10… Rc8 with the idea c6-c5, and the other is 10… Qe7, connecting the Rooks and later deploying them on two of the following lines – c, d or e, for example 11. Rad1 Rad8 12. Rfe1 Rfe8.

[Diagram: Black to Move] M. Simantsev – I. Yagupov, Police 2014. Bishop sacrifice 16… Bxh2+ is an obvious idea, but can you see how can Black continue the attack after the forces 17. Kxh2?

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