Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...c6/3. Nc3/3...dxc4/4.e3

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Slav Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

rnbqkbnr/pp2pppp/2p5/8/2pP4/2N1P3/PP3PPP/R1BQKBNR

4.e3[edit]

Considered to be the best move, this frees the b4-square for the c3-knight and prepares to round up c4 with Bxc4. Black should prevent this with 4...b5. This also sets a deep trap for white. This leads to very complicated variations on the queenside.

Theory table[edit]

4 5 6
e3

b5

a4

b4

Ne4 +/=