Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...c6/3. Nc3
This move develops a piece and bears more pressure on d5. Due to this, it also makes Bf5 a grave mistake due to cxd5 cxd5 Qb3, winning a pawn. If then Qb6, Nxd5! Qxb3 Nxf6+! wins a pawn. In general, if black can safely play Bf5 and e6 in the Slav, he equalizes. Also, it prepares an e4 advance in the center. However, the knight is vulnerable here to a b7-b5-b4 advance, so ...dxc4 and ...b5 are often played.
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3.Nc3
|Semi-Slav (by transposition)||...
||(to 2...e6 3.Nc3 c6)|
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- Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.