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

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Exchange Variation
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)


Exchange Variation[edit]

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[edit]

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
Variation c4 c4
Variation Nf3 Nf3
Variation Be3 Be3

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  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.