# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. exd5/3...exd5

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Exchange Variation
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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# Exchange Variation

After Black's natural response (exd5) there is a symmetric position on the board, and whatever kind of an advantage White hopes to get from their next moves - Black can usually attain that very same kind of an advantage in response - by simply copying White's moves.
Although this variation has a reputation of being dull and drawish, both - White and Black players - have found ways to unbalance the game.
This is namely done by White if they choose to play with an isolated d-pawn in exchange for some space advantage, in which case White can play 4.c4.
The traditional approach, however, is rapid development by playing moves like 4.Bd3, 4.Nf3 or - in case White prefers castling to the queenside - 4.Be3.

## Theory table

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5
4 5
Classical Variation Bd3
Bd6
Nf3
Nf6
=
Variation c4 c4
Nf6
Nc3
Be7
=
Variation Nf3 Nf3
Nf6
Bd3
Be7
=
Variation Be3 Be3
Nf6
Qd3
Be7
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