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The Slav Defence is characterized by the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6. Although the Slav contains some very dynamic lines, it has a reputation as rather a dull opening, largely due to the Exchange Variation, against which it is difficult for black to create winning chances. Black's best try is to play the move 6...a6, which has been holding up so well that white often tries to circumvent it altogether by delaying Nf3, and this explains some of the move-order subtleties often seen in this variation.
The biggest development in the Slav in the last decade has been the rise of 4...a6. This odd-looking move aims to stabilize the queen-side and develop black's queen's bishop without giving any ground in the centre. It is now regarded as a dependable main line.
However black's most popular approach remains 4...dxc4, which has been analyzed far into the endgame.

from Nunn's Chess Openings.


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