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Slav with 3.e3
04/16/20 at 19:54:14
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If white wants to play the Slow Slav with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 (not that white should want to play this, but many whites inexplicably do), is there anything wrong with playing 3.e3 first? And then simply 4.Nf3 against any normal black move. This at least eliminates 3.Nf3 dxc4!?, which is a strange hybrid QGA / Slav / Noteboom thing. The only extra options I see for black are:
  • a Stonewall with ...f7-f5 -- I guess both sides might be unhappy now, personally I would be unhappier with black;
  • and maybe 3...Bf5 with the idea 4...e6, temporarily preventing Nf3-h4, e.g. 4.Nf3 (4.Nc3 e6 5.g4!? has been tried) 4...e6 5.Nc3 (5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Nh4 Be4 7.Nc3 h6) 5...Nd7 6.Qb3 Rb8!? (still trying to hold up Nf3-h4) 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e4!? scores 100% for white. Normally I don't trust statistics, but I did a quick look and one idea is Nf3-g5 followed by Bc1-f4.

I don't see anything terribly wrong with 3.e3 as a move order.
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