Short Introduction to The Slav Defense – Exchange Variation

The Slav Defense is one of the most popular openings these days. Its theory is very deep and well developed. There are many lines that one must know to avoid failing in traps or sharp tactical battles. So if you are 1.d4 player and you don’t want to compete with your opponent in knowledge of the theory of the Slav Defense, then the Exchange Variation could be a good choice for you.

The Exchange Variation raises from these moves: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5.

It is a really peaceful line of the Slav Defense. On the other side, it is not easy to get any kind of advantage for white pieces from the opening phase.

The variation could be also used in the cases when you are happy with draw playing against stronger and tactical based opponents.

This article introduces you the basic lines of the Exchange Variation to understand what you can expect from the line.



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