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Re: Slow Slav : 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6!?
Reply #3 - 05/27/15 at 15:33:03
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3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 is certainly playable but you're right that it gives White the extra option of 5.Bd3, which in my view is a little better for White (though this is not a universal view). Certainly after 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 White has nothing better than 5.Nf3 as the recent ChessPublishing update demonstrated, although in the position after 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 it's hard to split 5.a4, 5.c5 and 5.e3 in terms of objective merit - they simply lead to very different positions.

The rational choice for a Chebanenko player against the Slow Slav would be 4...Bf5 and then after 5.Nc3 you can decide whether to transpose to a Chebanenko line with 5...a6 or play the old main line 5...e6. Well, there's also 4...Bg4, but that's another story - if you do go for this, I'd suggest meeting 5.h3 with 5...Bxf3.

  

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Re: Slow Slav : 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6!?
Reply #2 - 05/26/15 at 15:56:22
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I'm bringing back to life my 6 month old thread.

Someone told me that:

- Against the move order 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 or 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3, the move 4...a6 is averagely effective.

- Against the move order 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3, the move 4...a6 is extremely effective, since White has already committed to playing e3, so White has lost many of his options (White now only has two options: 5. e3 or 5. Qc2).

- Against the move order 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3, the move 4...a6 is not very effective (it's still 'playable' but it doesn't make as much sense as in the usual Chebanenko), because White has not committed his b1 Knight to c3, so the ...b5 push is not as strong since White can manoeuvre his Knight to the c5 square more easily and ...b4 wouldn't gain a tempo on a White Knight.

Could I get your opinions on this please?
  
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Re: Slow Slav : 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6!?
Reply #1 - 12/14/14 at 00:24:32
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Marc Benford wrote on 12/13/14 at 05:35:22:
Hello.

In the Slow Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3, is the move 4... a6 playable for Black?


There are several thousand games which seem to suggest so.

In order of popularity, White's replies appear to be

5. Bd3
5. Nc3
5. Nbd2
5. Qc2
5. b3
5. a4

It depends which engine you ask, but the many other sensible moves may give White a small edge, cxd5 and c5 perhaps.



  
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Slow Slav : 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6!?
12/13/14 at 05:35:22
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Hello.

In the Slow Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3, is the move 4... a6 playable for Black?

If White answers with 5. Nc3, we transpose into the Chebanenko/Chameleon.
So playing the move 4... a6 would seem to be a good idea for someone who already plays 4... a6 against 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 and against 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3

Thanks in advance for your answers.
  
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