Slav Defense:

Early move order and ...Qb6 lines

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "4.Bf4 / 4.Nc3 Move order & ...Qb6 Lines"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Slav Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D10"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 {The Slav Defense, a very well respected choice for the second player. It has been played by many a top player, and can lead to very solid or complicated positions. Black fortifies the center, and can later choose between a few ways to develop, or possibly grabbing the c4 pawn, all of which are complicated and highly theoretical.} 3. cxd5 {to avoid the complicated theory and maintain chances for an advantage I advocate the exchange variation. though it may seem innocuous to invite a symmetrical pawn structure, white's first move advantage is often enough to make black's development difficult, and small advantages are pronounced as there is little else in terms of counterplay. Through some careful, but thematic, move ordering white generally manages to obtain the more active minor pieces, especially the bishops, as white is usually able to take advantage of black's early active bishop moves. It is becoming an occational weapon at very high levels, and not just to draw. It is a good practical choice, posing unpleasant questions, and not what most slav players are hoping to defend.} cxd5 4. Bf4 { It is a part of white's plan to develop the bishop outside the pawn chain and it may as well be done right away to maintain flexibility with the remaining pieces. Other moves will allow additional options for the defender, some of which are very dry, and others unnecessarily complicated. In general the lines given will delay Nf3 for as long as possible, to see how black intends to develop the dark square bishop. Should they play ...e6 intending to exchange it with ...Bd6 white preserves the option to play Bxd6 ...Qxd6 followed by f4!? before Nf3, plus white keeps Nge2 on the cards. It is normal to start with Nc3, then however black may have the additional option to play a quick ... e5 complicating matters. After Bf4 white can meet ...Nc6 with e3 rather than Nc3, which is better in the face of a possible ...e5, and only then play Nc3. Bf4 first does allow some additional ideas for the opponent with ...Qb6, but they are not dangerous, we will start with lines in which black uses ...Qb6 ideas} Nc6 (4... Qb6 {right away should be met with the counter attacking} 5. Nc3 $1 {now the d pawn needs defense} Nf6 (5... Qxb2 $2 6. Nxd5 $18) (5... e6 { is unique to Bf4} 6. Qd2 {Rc1!? and Rb1 are also playable} Nf6 7. e3 Nc6 { or ...Bd6 when white can pay a typical idea, Bxd6 ...Qxd6 f4+/=} 8. Bd3 Bd7 9. Nf3 Be7 10. h3 {an important move aimed against ...Nh5, to preserve the Bf4} O-O 11. O-O Rfc8 12. Rfc1 $14 {white has the more active bishops and slightly better prospects ½-½ (59) Moskalenko,V (2575)-Dreev,A (2607) Benidorm 2007}) 6. e3 $1 {this position could be reached by either move order, e.g. 4.Nc3 ... Nf6 5.Bf4 ...Qb6 6.e3! ...Nc6. here black has many ways to continue, white will offer the b pawn as a gambit and obtain good play.} Qxb2 $5 (6... Nc6 7. Bd3 $5 {it is greedy for black to accept the b pawn, which begs the question what the queen is doing on b6} (7. a3 $5) 7... Qxb2 ({instead} 7... Bg4 8. Nge2 {wasn't challenging for white, black's pieces are a bit misplaced} e6 9. O-O a6 10. Na4 $14 {white gains time} Qa7 11. Qb3 b5 $6 {after this things got worse for black in...} 12. Rfc1 Rc8 13. Rc2 Be7 14. Rac1 Qb7 15. Nc5 Bxc5 16. Rxc5 $16 {1-0 (36) Grischuk,A (2764)-Kamsky,G (2740) Moscow 2013}) (7... e6 8. Nb5 $1 {is good for white}) (7... a6 8. Nge2 {or a3!?}) 8. Nb5 $1 {white has a sizeable initiative, the threats are not easy to deal with} (8. Nge2 $14) 8... Nb4 $2 (8... e5 9. Rb1 Qxa2 (9... Bb4+ 10. Kf1 Qxa2 11. dxe5 Ng4 12. Qe2 $16) 10. dxe5 Ng4 11. Be2 Bb4+ 12. Kf1 $5 (12. Rxb4 Nxb4 13. h3 $14) 12... O-O 13. h3 Nh6 14. g4 $16) (8... Bg4 9. Nf3 $16 (9. f3 $2 Qxg2)) 9. Rb1 Nxd3+ 10. Qxd3 Qxa2 11. Nc7+ $18 {1-0 (16) Biskopp,W (2309)-Langschmidt,D (1980) Remote email 2013}) (6... e6 {can also be answered} 7. Bd3 {offering the b pawn, for which white gets at least sufficient compensation} Qxb2 8. Rc1 ({white also has compensation after} 8. Nge2 a6 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. O-O $44) 8... Nc6 (8... Bd7 9. Nge2 Qa3 10. O-O a6 11. Rb1 $5 {[%cal Gb7b5,Ge3e4] 11.e4} Bc6 12. Rb3 Qa5 13. Qb1 b5 14. e4 $1 {1/2-1/2 (36) Finegold,B (2493)-Bhat,V (2511) ICC INT 2012}) 9. Nb5 $5 Bb4+ 10. Kf1 Ba5 11. Bd6 $44 Qxa2 $2 12. Ra1 Qb2 13. Ba3 Qd2 14. Qxd2 Bxd2 15. Nc7+ Kd8 16. Nxa8 {1-0 (22) Georgiev,V (2539)-Nikologorsky,M (2229) Thessaloniki 2009}) (6... Bf5 {is prematurely leaving behind the queenside} 7. Bb5+ $5 {white makes use of a tempo move and the enemy bishop being away from the queenside lightsquares} Nc6 (7... Bd7 8. Bd3) 8. Nf3 Bg4 $6 (8... e6 9. Ne5 Bb4 (9... Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. Na4 $14) 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. O-O Bxc3 12. bxc3 Ne4 13. f3 $1 Nxc3 14. Qd2 $16 Na4 $2 {1-0 (28) Grigorescu, I-Wieczorek,M ICCF corr 1978} 15. e4 $1 $18) (8... a6 $6 9. Bxc6+ bxc6 10. O-O Qxb2 {or ...e6 Ne5} 11. Qa4 $1 $16 {Rc1 is also ok}) 9. Qb3 Bxf3 10. gxf3 e6 11. Rc1 Rc8 12. Na4 Qa5+ 13. Ke2 Bb4 14. Bd3 O-O 15. a3 $14 {1-0 (40) Botvinnik,M-Ragozin,V Moscow 1945}) 7. Bb5+ $1 {fast development, stronger than Rc1, white's and worth a pawn, as the master games show.} Bd7 (7... Nc6 $6 8. Nge2 {black is still a few moves from connecting rooks and in practice white has managed to stir up plenty of trouble for a pawn.} Bf5 (8... Qa3 9. Ba4 $1 {to prepare Nb5 and provoke a weakening is a common idea} (9. O-O e6 10. Rb1 Qa5 11. Ba4 $1) 9... a6 10. Rb1 e6 {1-0 (30) Seirawan,Y (2595)-Dreev,A (2605) Reykjavik 1990}) (8... Qb4 9. O-O e6 10. Ba4 $1 (10. Rb1 Qa5 11. Ba4 $1) ) (8... e6 9. O-O Qa3 10. Rb1 Qa5 11. Ba4 $1 a6 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. Na4 $16 { 1-0 (72) Drexel,M (2300)-Eichinger,C (1990) Bayern 2014}) 9. O-O Rc8 (9... e6 10. a3 $5 {[%csl Rb2]} Ne4 {if instead...Qc2 then Qc1 or if ...Be7? white has Ra2} 11. Qa4 $1 Rc8 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 {...Rxc6 Rfb1!} 13. Qa6 e5 14. Rfb1 Qc2 15. Rc1 Qb2 16. Bxe5 $16) (9... a6 10. e4 $1 {or Bxc6+ ...bxc6 Na4 with an edge} Bxe4 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. Qa4 Qb7 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Rab1 Qd7 15. Rfc1 $16 { 1-0 (43) Solak,D (2633)-Nomin Erdene,D (2442) Izmir 2016}) 10. Ba4 $5 (10. f3 e6 $2 11. a3 $1 {[%csl Rb2]} Qc2 12. Qe1 a6 13. Ra2 {1-0 (28) Fier,A (2590) -Hand,F (2205) Hastings 2016}) 10... e6 (10... a6 11. e4 $1 $16) 11. Nb5 $1 $44 {[%cal Gb5d6,Gb5a7]}) 8. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 9. Nge2 {white's forces are very fast, black must already tread carefully} Qa3 $5 (9... e6 $6 10. Rb1 Qa3 11. O-O $1 { [%cal Gc3b5,Gb1b7]} a6 12. Rb3 Qa5 13. Rxb7 Rc8 14. Qb3 $14 {1/2-1/2 (19) Sumets,A (2638)-Jovanic,O (2538) Zadar 2012}) 10. Rb1 b6 11. O-O a6 12. f3 $1 { another good idea for white, with play in the center} (12. Bc7 {to restore material was less clear in} e6 13. Bxb6 Bd6 14. Rb3 Bxh2+ 15. Kh1 Qe7 16. g3 Ng4 17. Bc5 Qf6 18. Nf4 Nxf2+ 19. Rxf2 Bxg3 $13 {1/2-1/2 (55) Morozevich,A (2748)-Mamedyarov,S (2764) Tashkent 2012}) 12... Qa5 13. e4 $1 $14 {1/2-1/2 (31) Svidler,P (2739)-Dubov,D (2654) Chita 2015}) (4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6) 5. e3 $5 (5. Nc3 $141 {allows the line with an earlier Nc3 (before Bf4) where black has ...e5, which white might like to avoid} e5 $5) 5... Nf6 (5... Qb6 {is possible at this moment aswell, and somewhat tricky, white should be familiar} 6. Nc3 $1 e5 $5 {making use of the ...Nc6, this is the most dangerous of the .. .Qb6 lines, white has a couple defensive ideas here to take note of} (6... Qxb2 $2 {is too greedy on account of} 7. Nxd5 e5 8. Rb1 $1 $16) 7. Bxe5 $1 ({ raher than} 7. dxe5 $143 Qxb2 8. Nxd5 Bb4+ 9. Nxb4 Qc3+ $1 {white should be aware of this zwichenzug} 10. Ke2 $13) 7... Qxb2 (7... f6 $5 8. Bg3 Qxb2 9. Nxd5 (9. Qc1 $1 $14 {looks simplier}) 9... Bb4+ 10. Nxb4 Qc3+ $13 {1-0 (29) Huber,M (2373)-Vogel,R (2425) Celje 2016}) 8. Nxd5 Bb4+ (8... Nxe5 9. dxe5 (9. Rb1 $1 $16 {is a key move here, and a big improvement on this game}) 9... Bb4+ 10. Nxb4 Qc3+ {1/2-1/2 (17) Jacimovic,D (2412)-Stanojoski,Z (2467) Skopje 2007} ) 9. Nxb4 Qc3+ 10. Ke2 Nxe5 11. Rb1 $1 {the point behind white play} a5 12. Rb3 Qc7 13. Qc2 (13. Nd5 $1 $16) 13... Qd8 14. Nd3 Nc6 15. Nf3 Nge7 16. Kd2 $14 { 1/2-1/2 (16) Narciso Dublan,M (2469)-Delchev,A (2548) Andorra 1999 Slav Defense Exchange Variation [kestenberg,tal]} (16. h4 $5)) 6. Nc3 ({black can also try ...Qb6 after developing the knights and playing ...a6 as in one of the mains lines, but it is not problematic} 6. Nc3 a6 (6... Qb6 7. Bd3) 7. Be2 {this is how we will meet the ...a6 line} Qb6 8. a3 $1 {an additional option here, highlighting that the b pawn is off limits, making ...Qb6 questionable} e6 (8... Qxb2 $4 9. Na4) 9. Nf3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Na4 $14 {[%csl Rb6] the queen was just miisplaced and helped white develop their play in 1-0 (59) Lei, T (2421)-Teng,J (2092) Zhongshan 2014 Slav Defense ...a6 [kestenberg,tal]}) *

Attempts to play an early ...Bf5

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "...Bf5?! Early moves"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Slav Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D10"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "9"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Bf4 Bf5 $6 {In this survey, we will examine black's attempts to develop their light square bishop in the early goings. Black is not prepared to do so and white usually obtains an advantage with Qb3, attacking the queenside that the bishop leaves behind, allong with the center. One of the major idea for white in this exchange variation is to play against the active development of black's bishops.} (4... Nc6 5. e3 Nf6 (5... Bf5 $5 6. Qb3 {the typical queen sortie to answer ...Bf5. the bishop leaves the queenside and so white attacks it, keeping an eye on the center aswell} Qd7 ({ the ending is worse for black after} 6... Qb6 7. Qxb6 axb6 8. Nc3 $14) (6... e5 $6 {is a tacitcal attempt to prevent white from castling, but it it is too committal only favors white whose king is safe enough for the advantages aquired} 7. dxe5 Bxb1 8. Rxb1 Bb4+ 9. Kd1 d4 10. e4 $16 {and the center remains closed}) 7. Nc3 e6 {black's bishop is shut out from the queenside and can't come back to help defend the lightsquares} 8. Nf3 {threatening Ne5 with ideas of Bb5} f6 $1 {this is pretty much forced, but white's lead in development is dangerous nonetheless} (8... Nf6 $6 9. Ne5 $1 Qc8 10. Rc1 $16 { 1-0 (25) Terrieux,K (2455)-Poignonnec,P (1945) Fouesnant 2008: 1-0 (25) Terrieux,K (2455)-Poignonnec,P (1945) Fouesnant 2008}) (8... a6 9. Be2 Nf6 { ...Nb4? Ne5! is winning for white} 10. O-O Be7 11. Rfc1 $16 {[%cal Gc3a4]}) 9. Bb5 $1 Nge7 (9... a6 10. Bxc6 Qxc6 11. O-O Ne7 {...g5?! can be answered Nxg5! followed by Be5!} 12. Rfc1 Rc8 13. Nh4 $14) 10. Na4 $5 {white's minor pieces are better mobilized, and black's are a bit misplaced} Ng6 11. Bg3 (11. O-O $5 $14) 11... Bb4+ 12. Ke2 Be7 13. Rhc1 O-O 14. Kf1 $14 {and white's positon made the better impression in ½-½ (45) Xiu,D (2553)-Bu,X (2710) Zhongshan 2014}) ( 5... a6 {including this doesn't help black play ...Bf5 until they've completed the development of their knights} 6. Nc3 {and} Nf6 (6... Bf5 $6 {is met with the double attack} 7. Qb3 $1 e6 8. Qxb7 Nb4 {and white has mulitple roads to advantage, a nice one was played in the game...} (8... Na5 9. Qc7 {1-0 (30) Lazarev,S (2428)-Bespalov,K (2132) Tula 2000}) 9. Nb5 $1 (9. Kd2 $18) (9. Rc1 $18) 9... Nc2+ 10. Kd1 Be7 11. Nc7+ Kf8 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Bxa6 e5 14. Bxe5 Bd6 15. Qxd5 Bxc7 16. Qxd8+ Rxd8 17. Bxc7 Ra8 18. Bd6+ Ne7 19. Bc4 {1-0 (19) Cosma, E (2340)-Papathanasiou,A (1866) Kallithea 2008}) ({the better options are} 6... e6)) 6. Nc3) (4... Nf6 {developing this knight first doesn't make ...Bf5 next move any more attractive, for similar reasons} 5. Nc3 Nc6 (5... Bf5 6. Qb3 $1 { the thematic reply is strong here} Qb6 {gives white a small plus in the endgame } (6... Nc6 $6 {allows white to grab the pawn} 7. Qxb7 {with the idea} Nxd4 $6 (7... Na5 $16) 8. O-O-O $1 $18) (6... Nbd7 $5 {is scrappy, white should proceed cafefully as black has a couple traps} 7. Rc1 $1 $16 {renewing the treat to the b pawn and developing is best} (7. Qxb7 $6 e5 $1 $17) (7. Nxd5 $6 Nxd5 8. Qxd5 e5 $1 $15)) (6... Qd7 $2 {fails tactically} 7. e4 $1 Nxe4 (7... dxe4 8. Bxb8 $1 Rxb8 $140 9. Bb5) 8. Bxb8 $1 $18 {intending Bb5!}) 7. Qxb6 axb6 $14 8. e3 Nc6 (8... e6) 9. Nf3 e6 10. Bb5 Bb4 11. O-O Ke7 12. Rfc1 Nd7 13. Na4 Ra5 14. Bxc6 bxc6 15. Nxb6 Nxb6 16. Ne5 Rc8 17. Nxc6+ Rxc6 18. Rxc6 Nc4 19. b3 Nd2 20. Rcc1 Kf6 21. f3 Ba3 $6 22. Rc7 Bb4 23. Rb7 Nxb3 24. Rf1 Nd2 $6 25. Rc1 Ra4 26. Rcc7 Bg6 27. h4 h5 28. e4 Nxe4 29. fxe4 dxe4 30. g4 {1-0 (30) Vachier Lagrave,M (2768)-Batchuluun,T (2513) Tromsoe 2014}) ({the alternatives are} 5... e6) (5... a6)) 5. Qb3 $1 $14 *

Fianchetto ...g6

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "...g6"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Slav Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D90"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "18"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bf4 g6 {this isn't the most popular try for the defender, the bishop will not be as active, blocked on g7, as it's counterpart.} (5... Nc6 6. e3 a6 (6... g6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Bd3 O-O { transposes into the main game}) 7. Be2 g6 8. Nf3 Bg7 (8... Nh5 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. Ne5 $14) 9. h3 O-O 10. O-O $16 {[%csl Yb6,Yc5,Rc8,Ge2,Gf4,Rg7] ½-½ (29) Alekhine,A-Gomez,E Madrid 1943}) 6. e3 Bg7 {[%csl Gf4,Rg7]} 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Bd3 Nc6 (8... Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Nc6 11. O-O $14) (8... Nh5 $6 { can for the time being be answered} 9. Be5 $1 {with the idea} f6 $6 10. Bxb8 Rxb8 11. Qb3 Be6 12. Be4 Kh8 13. Bxd5 $16 {1-0 (25) Bondarevsky,I-Kuzminykh,E Leningrad 1952}) 9. h3 $1 {[%cal Gf4h2,Rf6h5] a key move, to preserve the bishop in case ...Nh5, in practice white has done well here, see the example games} -- (9... Qb6 {doesn't seem too chalenging considering white can simply play} 10. a3 $1 {and the pawn is untouchable} Na5 (10... Bf5 11. Na4 $14) ( 10... Qxb2 $4 11. Na4 $1 $18) 11. b4 Nc4 12. Qb3 Be6 13. O-O Rfc8 14. Na4 { 1-0 (49) Grischuk,A (2726)-Appel,R (2512) Mainz 2007} (14. Rfc1 $14)) (9... Be6 10. O-O Rc8 11. Rc1 Nb4 12. Be2 Ne4 13. Qb3 Qa5 14. a3 $16 {1-0 (26) Caruana,F (2808)-Zaibi,A (2330) Baku 2015}) (9... Bf5 {allowed a nice attacking idea in.. .} 10. Bxf5 gxf5 11. g4 $1 $40 Qb6 12. Rb1 e6 13. gxf5 exf5 14. Bd6 Rfe8 15. Rg1 $16 Ne4 16. Nxe4 Rxe4 17. Ng5 Nxd4 $2 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. Qxd4 $1 {1-0 (19) Shirov,A (2685)-Boidman,Y (2398) Rhodes 2013}) (9... b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. Rc1 Rc8 12. Ne5 $14 {1/2-1/2 (45) Sokolsky,A-Vasiliev,V Leningrad 1938}) (9... a6 10. O-O (10. Rc1 $5) 10... b5 (10... Bf5 11. Bxf5 gxf5 12. Qb3 $14) 11. Rc1 Na5 ( 11... Bb7 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Ne4 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 {1-0 (77) Suba,M (2516) -Malakhov,V (2664) Sanxenxo 2004} 15. Bxe4 $5 $14) 12. b3 Bb7 13. a4 $14 { a typical lever, white had the better game and eventually won in...} b4 14. Na2 (14. Ne2) (14. Nb1) 14... Nc6 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 a5 17. Qe2 Ne8 18. Bh2 Nd6 19. Rc5 f6 20. Qc2 e5 21. Nc1 Rf7 22. Ne2 e4 23. Bb5 Nxb5 24. axb5 Bf8 25. Ra1 Qe8 26. b6 Bxc5 27. dxc5 Bc6 28. Nd4 a4 29. bxa4 Rxa4 30. Rxa4 Bxa4 31. Qb2 Rb7 32. Qxb4 Bc6 33. Qa5 Kg7 34. Qa6 h5 35. Bd6 Kh7 36. Nb3 Qd7 37. Na5 Qc8 38. Bc7 Qd7 39. Nxb7 Qc8 40. Qa1 Bxb7 41. Qxf6 Qh8 42. c6 {1-0 (42) Najdorf,M (2525) -Cardoso,R (2375) Manila 1973}) *

Simplifying ...Ne4

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "...Ne4!?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Slav Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D10"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "14"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Bf4 Nc6 (4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. e3) 5. e3 Nf6 6. Nc3 Ne4 {in this opening survey we will examine black's attempt at early simplification with ...Ne4-xc3 intending to develop with ...g6/Bg7. this grunfeld defense like maneuver makes a strange impression as black does so, moving the same piece mulitple times, instead of normal development. the simplification is useful for the defender, but so is the time for white.} ({ it is also possible for black to play this way after} 6... a6 {and} 7. Be2 { when white doesn't have the reply Nge2, and can instead play} Ne4 8. Nxe4 (8. Nf3 {also looks ok here} Nxc3 9. bxc3 g6 10. Ne5 $5 Bg7 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Qa4 Bd7 13. Rb1 O-O 14. Rb7 Bc8 15. Rb2 Bd7 16. O-O f6 17. Bg3 e5 18. Rb7 Rf7 19. Rfb1 c5 20. Qd1 Bc6 21. R7b6 Qc7 22. dxe5 fxe5 23. e4 $1 d4 24. Bc4 Bxe4 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. cxd4 Bxb1 27. Qf3+ {1-0 (27) Azmaiparashvili,Z (2655) -Kasimdzhanov,R (2570) Elista 1998 CBM 068 [Huebner,R]}) 8... dxe4 9. f3 ({ better is} 9. a3 $1 $14 {first, to avoid the trouble in the game}) 9... e5 $1 10. dxe5 Qa5+ 11. Kf2 Be6 12. Qc2 Rd8 13. Qxe4 Rd2 14. Nh3 Bd5 15. Qf5 Be6 16. Qe4 Bd5 17. Qf5 Be6 {½-½ (17) Azmaiparashvili,Z (2655)-Anand,V (2710) Las Palmas 1993}) 7. Nge2 $5 {Reinforcing the knight, the alternatives are perfectly playable, but havent offed white much in practice. White looks to maintain the structure the way it is, when their pieces remain more active in the symmetrical game} (7. Nf3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 g6 9. Be2 (9. Ne5 Qa5) 9... Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. c4 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Bf5 13. Rc1 Rc8 14. Qe2 $13 {0-1 (42) Portisch,L (2585)-Kramnik,V (2710) Biel 1993} a6 15. h3 b5 16. Bb3 Bd7 17. d5 Na5 18. Ne5 (18. e4 $5) 18... Nxb3 19. axb3 e6 20. Rcd1 Qe8 21. d6 f6 22. Nxd7 Qxd7 23. e4 Rc6 {1/2-1/2 (23) Jussupow,A (2655) -Sokolov,I (2625) Groningen 1994}) (7. Bd3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 g6 9. Nf3 Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. Rb1 b6 12. c4 dxc4 13. Bxc4 Bb7 14. Qe2 Qd7 15. Rfc1 Rac8 {0-1 (40) Banikas,H (2531)-Kasparov,G (2838) Patras 2001}) (7. Nxe4 dxe4 8. Ne2 e5 $13 { with an annoying check coming is unclear}) 7... -- (7... g6 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. Nc3 $14) (7... Bf5 8. Qb3 $14 e5 $5 9. Bxe5 $1 f6 10. Qxb7 Qc8 11. Qxc8+ Rxc8 $16 { 1/2-1/2 (22) Hristov,I (2509)-Shikalov,A (2521) ICCF email 2005}) (7... Nxc3 8. Nxc3 e6 9. Bd3 Bd6 (9... Be7 10. O-O $14) 10. Qg4 $5 g6 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. Qg3 Qxg3 13. hxg3 $14 {was a better ending for white in 1-0 (27) Graf,A (2630) -Atalik,S (2568) Istanbul 2003}) *

...Bf5 without ...a6

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "...Bf5"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Slav Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D10"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "60"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Bf4 Nc6 (4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. e3) 5. e3 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bf5 7. Qb3 $1 Na5 $1 (7... Qb6 $6 8. Qxb6 axb6 9. Bb5 e6 10. Nge2 $14) ( 7... Qd7 $6 8. Nf3 $1 {[%csl Rd7][%cal Gf3e5,Gf1b5]} a6 $5 (8... e6 $6 9. Ne5 $1 Qc8 10. Rc1 $16 Nd7 (10... a6 11. Nxc6 Qxc6 $2 12. e4 $1 {[%cal Gc3b5]}) ( 10... Nh5 $6 11. g4 $1) (10... Be7 11. Bb5 $1 O-O (11... Nd7 $2 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Nxd5 $1) 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Na4 $16) 11. Bb5 $1 Ncxe5 $2 (11... Ndxe5 12. Bxe5 $16) 12. Bxe5 $18 a6 13. O-O $1 Qd8 14. Bxd7+ Qxd7 15. Na4 $1 Qb5 16. Nb6 f6 17. Qxb5+ axb5 18. Nxa8 {1-0 (25) Terrieux,K (2455)-Poignonnec,P (1945) Fouesnant 2008}) 9. Ne5 (9. Be2 $5 {[%cal Ge1g1,Gc3a4]}) 9... Nxe5 10. dxe5 Ne4 11. Qxd5 Nxc3 12. Qxd7+ Bxd7 13. bxc3 $14) 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2 {transposition .. .Bf5 lines} e6 (9... Nc6 10. Nf3 e6 11. h3 $5 Be7 12. a3 $5 O-O 13. Bd3 $14 { [%csl Gd3,Yd7,Ye7,Gf4]}) (9... a6 10. Bd3 e6 (10... Rc8 11. Nf3)) (9... Rc8 10. Bd3 e6 11. Nf3) 10. Nf3 $5 (10. Bd3 Rc8 (10... Be7) (10... Bb4) (10... Nh5 11. Be5 Nc6 (11... f6 12. Bg3 (12. Bxh7 $5) 12... g6 13. Nge2 Rc8 {1/2-1/2 (38) Nguyen,N (2614)-Ni,H (2646) China 2013} 14. Nf4 $5 Nxf4 15. Bxf4 $14) 12. Qe2 Nxe5 13. dxe5 g6 14. Nf3 Bb4 15. O-O $14 {1/2-1/2 (30) Vitiugov,N (2737)-Dreev, A (2673) Caleta 2014} O-O 16. a3 Bxc3 17. bxc3 Qa5 18. Qb2 Qc7 19. a4 Rab8 20. Rfc1 Bc6 21. c4 Qa5 22. cxd5 Qxd5 23. Bb5 $14 {0-1 (57) Tregubov,P (2585) -Dreev,A (2652) Doha 2016}) (10... Nc6 11. Qe2 $5 (11. a3 Nh5 $1) 11... Be7 ( 11... Rc8) (11... Qb6) 12. Nf3 (12. h3 Rc8 13. Nf3 Nb4 14. Bb1 Ne4 15. O-O Nxc3 16. bxc3 Rxc3 17. a3 Qa5 18. Qb2 Nc6 19. e4 $13 {1-0 (40) Westerberg,J (2488) -Blomqvist,E (2557) Gothenburg 2016}) (12. a3) 12... Nh5 13. Be5 f6 14. Bg3 f5 {1/2-1/2 (40) Vachier Lagrave,M (2766)-Motylev,A (2698) Biel 2014}) 11. Nf3) 10... Be7 (10... Nc6 11. h3 Be7 12. a3 O-O (12... Rc8 13. Bd3) 13. Bd3 Rc8 14. O-O) (10... Nh5 $5 11. Be5 $5 (11. Bg5 $5 f6 12. g4 $5 (12. Bh4 g5 13. g4 $5 ( 13. Bg3 Nc6 $11 {1/2-1/2 (79) Sargissian,G (2686)-Dreev,A (2667) Dubai 2014}) 13... gxh4 14. gxh5 $13 {0-1 (79) Aronian,L (2795)-Giri,A (2755) Moscow 2016}) (12. h4 $5) 12... fxg5 13. gxh5 Bd6 14. Rg1 Qf6 15. Nxg5 $13 {1/2-1/2 (66) Rakhmanov,A (2669)-Mastrovasilis,A (2473) Banja Vrujci 2017}) 11... f6 12. Bg3 Be7 (12... Nxg3 $6 13. hxg3 {[%csl Gh1]} g6 14. Bd3 f5 15. g4 $1 Nc6 16. gxf5 gxf5 17. g4 $1 $16 {1-0 (24) Artemiev,V (2554)-Lei,T (2320) Chongqing 2013}) 13. Bd3 f5 (13... g6 14. Bh4 $1) 14. Be5 Nc6 15. a3 O-O 16. O-O (16. h3 Nf6 17. Bf4 Ne4 18. O-O Rc8 19. Rfc1 Bf6 20. Qb3 Na5 21. Qa2 Nxc3 22. bxc3 $11 b5 23. Nd2 Nc4 24. a4 $1 {0-1 (50) Michael Adams (2740)-Pavel Eljanov (2723) Biel SUI 2015}) 16... Nf6 (16... Rc8 17. Rfc1 Be8 18. h3 Bf7 19. Bh2 $14) 17. Rac1 (17. Rfc1 $5 Ne4 18. Qd1 $14) 17... Ne4 18. Qb3 Na5 19. Qa2 Nc6 20. Qb3 Na5 21. Qa2 Nc6 22. h3 (22. Rc2 $5) 22... Nxe5 23. Nxe5 Bd6 24. Ne2 Qe7 25. f3 Bxe5 26. dxe5 Nc5 $11 {1/2-1/2 (40) Zhao,J (2610)-Dreev,A (2667) China 2014}) (10... Rc8 11. Bd3 Bb4 (11... a6 12. O-O b5 (12... Be7 13. h3 $1) 13. Qe2 Be7 14. Ne5 O-O 15. Rfc1 Be8 16. Rc2 $14 {1/2-1/2 (19) Areshchenko,A (2678)-Kuzubov,Y (2651) Rivne 2016}) (11... b5 12. a3 Nc4 13. O-O Be7 (13... a5 $6 14. Qe2 b4 $6 15. axb4 axb4 16. Na4 $16)) (11... Nc4 {[%csl Ya3,Yh3]} 12. O-O Be7 (12... Qb6 13. Rab1 Bb4 14. Ne5 Nxe5 15. Bxe5 Ng4 16. Bg3 f5 {1/2-1/2 (19) Sumets,A (2523) -Areshchenko,A (2640) Poltava 2006} 17. Qb3 $5) (12... b5 13. a3 Be7 14. h3) ( 12... Bb4 13. Bxc4) 13. Ne5 $5 (13. h3 O-O 14. Ne5 $5) 13... O-O 14. Qe2 Nd6 { 1/2-1/2 (49) Georgiev,K (2680)-Kasparov,S (2493) Bergamo 2012} 15. Qf3 $5) 12. O-O {transposition} O-O (12... Nc4 13. Rfc1 (13. Bxc4 $1 Rxc4 14. Ne5 Rc8 15. Qb3 Qa5 16. Nxd7 Nxd7 17. a3 Bxc3 18. Qxb7 O-O 19. bxc3 Nb6 20. Bc7 Qb5 21. Qxa7 Nc4 22. Bg3 Ra8 23. Qe7 Rfc8 24. h3 Qa5 25. Qb4 Nxa3 26. Bd6 Qxb4 27. cxb4 Nc4 28. Bc5 Na3 29. Ra2 Nb5 30. Ra5 Rab8 31. Rfa1 h6 32. Ra6 Kh7 33. R1a5 Nc3 34. Ra7 Kg6 35. Rd7 Nb5 36. f3 Rc6 37. Kh2 f6 38. e4 dxe4 39. fxe4 Kh7 40. d5 exd5 41. exd5 Rcc8 42. d6 Rc6 43. Rxb5 Rxb5 44. Rc7 Rbb6 45. Rxc6 {1-0 (45) Kramnik,V (2780)-Aronian,L (2783) Shanghai 2010}) 13... Nh5 $5 (13... O-O 14. Ne5 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Bb5 16. Qb3 Qb6 17. a4 $36 {1/2-1/2 (70) Sokolov,I (2690)-Yu, Y (2651) Jakarta 2012}) (13... Qa5 14. Bxc4 $5 Rxc4 15. Ne5 Rc8 16. Qb3 O-O { 1/2-1/2 (35) Andersson,U (2582)-Ducarmon,Q (2347) Utrecht 2011} 17. a4 $5 { [%cal Gc3a2]}) 14. Bxc4 $5) (12... h6 13. Ne5 O-O 14. h3 a6 {1/2-1/2 (26) Sasikiran,K (2682)-Kovalenko,I (2661) Moscow 2015} 15. Rfc1 $5 Qe7 16. Qe2) ( 12... a6 13. Rfc1 $5 O-O 14. Qd1) 13. Ne5 $5 (13. Rfc1) 13... h6 (13... a6 14. Bg5 $1) (13... Nc4 14. Bxc4 dxc4 15. Bg5 $5) (13... Ne4 14. Bxe4 dxe4 15. Qxe4 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Rxc3 17. d5 Bc8 18. Rad1 $14 {1-0 (26) Socko,M (2435)-Gunina,V (2507) Belgrade 2013}) 14. h3 $5 Qe7 (14... Qe8 {[%cal Gd7b5]} 15. Qe2) (14... Nc4 15. Nxc4) 15. Rfc1 Rfd8 16. Qd1 Bxc3 17. bxc3 Be8 18. c4 dxc4 19. Nxc4 Nxc4 20. Bxc4 Bc6 21. Be5 Nd7 22. Bg3 Nb6 23. Bf1 $14 {Soffer, Ram (2516) vs. Postny, Evgeny (2635) Acre ISR 2013}) (10... Bb4 11. Bd3 Nh5 $5 (11... Rc8 12. O-O {transposition}) 12. Bg5 $5 (12. Be5 $143 f6 13. Bg3 Rc8 $5 14. Bxh7 Nc4 15. Bg6+ Kf8 16. Bxh5 Nxb2 17. O-O Bxc3 $11 {0-1 (23) Barbot,P (2463)-Basso,P (2428) Zillertal 2015}) 12... f6 13. g4 fxg5 14. gxh5 Qf6 15. Ne5 Nc6 16. Nxc6 (16. Nxd7 $5 $14) 16... Bxc6 $11 {1/2-1/2 (41) Vitiugov,N (2712)-Aronian,L (2809) Paris/St Petersburg 2013}) 11. h3 $1 {[%csl Gf4][%cal Gf4h2,Rf6h5]} (11. Bd3 Nc6 12. a3 Nh5 13. Be5 f6 14. Bg3 {transposes into other line avoiding extra theory} f5 15. Be5) 11... Rc8 (11... O-O 12. Bd3 Rc8 {transposes} 13. O-O ) (11... Ne4 12. Bd3 $5 (12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. Qxe4 Bb4+ $13) 12... f5 13. O-O Rc8 (13... Nc6) (13... O-O $2 14. Nxd5 $1) 14. Ne5 (14. Rfc1 $5) 14... O-O 15. Rac1 Nc6 16. Nxc6 Rxc6 17. Qe2 a6 18. f3 Nxc3 19. Rxc3 Rxc3 20. bxc3 b5 {1/2-1/2 (20) Jobava,B (2687)-Salgado Lopez,I (2627) Tbilisi 2017}) 12. Bd3 O-O { transposes} (12... Nc4 13. O-O O-O 14. Ne5 $5 Bc6 15. Rac1 Nd6 16. Qb3 Qa5 17. Rc2 Rfd8 18. Nxc6 Rxc6 19. Rfc1 $14 h6 20. a3 Nfe8 21. Qb4 Qxb4 22. axb4 Nc4 23. b5 Rcc8 24. Na4 Ned6 25. b3 Na5 26. Rxc8 Rxc8 27. Rc5 Nxb3 28. Bxd6 Nxc5 29. Bxc5 {1-0 (135) Svidler,P (2746)-Le,Q (2702) Tromsoe 2013}) (12... Nc6 13. a3 Nh5 $6 14. Bh2 f5 15. g4 $1 $16 {1-0 (31) Navara,D (2734)-Li,C (2751) Huaian 2016}) (12... a6 13. O-O $1 (13. Qe2 $5) 13... Bb5 14. Bxb5+ axb5 15. Qe2 b4 16. Qb5+ Nd7 17. Na4 O-O 18. Rfc1 $14 {0-1 (34) Stern,R (2538)-Pham,L (2319) Berlin 2015}) (12... b5 13. a3 {transposes as black needs ...0-0}) 13. O-O b5 (13... h6 14. Ne5 Nc6 15. a3 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Ne4 17. Bxe4 dxe4 18. Rfd1 Qc7 19. Qxe4 Bc6 20. Qc2 Rfd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 $14 {1/2-1/2 (61) Aronian,L (2792) -Vachier Lagrave,M (2789) Leuven 2016}) (13... Nc4 14. Ne5) (13... a6 14. Qe2 $1 {\/ ...Bb5} (14. Rfc1 Bb5 15. Bxb5 axb5 $11 {1-0 (65) Volkov,S (2611) -Rublevsky,S (2692) Cheboksary 2016})) 14. a3 (14. Qe2 b4 15. Nb1 Nc4 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Qb6 18. Nd2 a5 $11 {1/2-1/2 (46) Lesiege,A (2521)-Bartell,T (2345) chess.com INT 2017}) 14... Nc4 (14... a6 15. Ne5 Nc4 16. Qe2) (14... h6 15. Ne5 Nc4 16. Qe2 a6 17. Rfc1 Bc6 18. a4 $1 $14 {1/2-1/2 (60) Rakhmanov,A (2640)-Nyback,T (2608) Finland 2015}) (14... Be8 {1/2-1/2 (42) Li,C (2680) -Rodshtein,M (2682) Caleta 2014} 15. Ne5 $5) 15. Ne5 (15. Qe2 Nxa3 $5 16. Ne5 $5) (15. Rfc1 $5 {[%cal Gc2e2,Yf3e5,Ya3a4]} a5 (15... Qb6 16. Qe2 (16. Ne5 $5) 16... Rfd8 17. Ne5 Be8 18. a4 $14 {1/2-1/2 (53) Batchuluun,T (2460)-Nguyen Huynh Minh,H (2455) Abu Dhabi 2016}) (15... h6 16. Qe2 Be8 17. Ne5 Nd7 18. Nf3 Nf6 19. a4 $14 {1-0 (45) Khotenashvili,B (2513)-Gunina,V (2528) Chengdu 2015}) 16. Qe2 a4 (16... Nh5 $6 17. Bh2 f5 18. a4 $1 $16 {1-0 (73) Krush,I (2458) -Stefanova,A (2509) Huaian 2016}) (16... Qb6 17. Ne5 Rfd8 18. a4 $14 {1-0 (44) Kvetny,M (2387)-Dobosz,H (2390) Austria 2016}) 17. Ne5 Be8 18. Rd1 $5 Qa5 19. Rac1 $14 {1/2-1/2 (49) Goryachkina,A (2451)-Mirzoeva,E (2220) Moscow 2015}) 15... Be8 (15... a5 16. Qe2 Be8 17. a4 $1 $14 {1/2-1/2 (79) Rasmussen,A (2502) -Petrosyan,T (2421) Sowme'eh Sara 2015}) (15... a6 16. Qe2) (15... h6 16. Qe2 a6 17. Rfc1 Bc6 18. a4 $1 $14 {1/2-1/2 (60) Rakhmanov,A (2640)-Nyback,T (2608) Finland 2015}) 16. Rfc1 h6 (16... a6 17. Qe2 Nd7 18. Nxd7 Bxd7 19. a4 $14 { 1/2-1/2 (47) Raznikov,D (2494)-Iordachescu,V (2590) Jerusalem 2015}) 17. Qe2 Nd7 (17... Qb6 18. a4 $1 a6 19. axb5 Bxb5 20. Nxb5 axb5 21. b3 Nd6 22. Qa2 Qb7 23. f3 $14 {1-0 (45) Smirnov,P (2611)-Dilmukhametov,A (2157) St Petersburg 2014 }) (17... a6 18. a4 b4 19. Nd1 $14 Nxe5 $6 20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21. Bxa6 Qa8 22. Bxe5 $16 {1-0 (33) Kosic,D (2484)-Grimm,D (2275) Kecskemet 2014}) 18. Nf3 $5 Nf6 ( 18... a6 19. a4 {or e4!?}) 19. a4 $1 $14 {1-0 (45) Khotenashvili,B (2513) -Gunina,V (2528) Chengdu 2015} b4 20. Nb5 Qb6 21. b3 Bxb5 22. axb5 Na3 23. Ne5 Rfe8 24. Bg3 Bd6 25. Nc6 Bf8 26. Bh4 a6 27. Bxf6 gxf6 28. Qg4+ Kh8 29. e4 $2 ( 29. Qh5 $1 $18) 29... dxe4 30. Qxe4 f5 $13 {0-1 (46) Smirnov,P (2641) -Jakovenko,D (2721) Khanty-Mansiysk 2013 Slav Defense Exchange Variation [kestenberg,tal]} *

...a6

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "...a6"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Slav Defense"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "D10"] [Annotator "kestenberg,tal"] [PlyCount "18"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Bf4 Nc6 (4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 (5... a6 6. e3 Nc6) 6. e3 a6) 5. e3 Nf6 6. Nc3 a6 7. Be2 $5 (7. Bd3 Bg4 8. Nge2 (8. Qb3 Na5 $11) 8... e6) 7... Bf5 (7... Qb6 8. a3 $1 e6 (8... Qxb2 $4 9. Na4) 9. Nf3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Na4 $14 {[%csl Rb6] 1-0 (59) Lei,T (2421)-Teng,J (2092) Zhongshan 2014}) (7... h6 {/\ ...Bf5 \/g4 |_ ...Bh7, slow} 8. Nf3 (8. Rc1) 8... Bg4 (8... Bf5 9. Ne5 $1 $14) 9. O-O e6 10. Qb3 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Na5 12. Qa4+ b5 13. Qc2 $14 {1-0 (74) Campos Moreno,J (2484)-Thorfinnsson,B (2415) Khanty-Mansiysk 2010}) (7... e6 8. Rc1 $5 {/\ ...Bd6 Bxd6 ...Qxd6 f4!?}) (7... g6 8. Nf3) (7... Ne4) 8. g4 $5 Bg6 (8... Be4 9. f3 Bg6 10. h4 h6 (10... h5 11. g5 Nd7 12. Nh3 e6 13. Bg3) 11. Nh3 e6 12. Kf2 Nd7 13. Bg3 Nb6 14. Nf4 $14 { 1/2-1/2 (46) Ernst,S (2535)-Van Wely,L (2657) Amsterdam 2016}) (8... Bc8 9. g5 $6 (9. Bf3 $1 $14) 9... Ne4 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. d5 e5 $11 {1-0 (35) Graf,A (2595) -Sriram,J (2459) Dresden 2007}) (8... Bd7 9. f3 (9. Bf3 $1 $14) 9... e6 10. Bd3 Bb4 11. Nge2 Qe7 12. a3 Bd6 13. g5 Nh5 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. f4 $14 {1/2-1/2 (39) Azmaiparashvili,Z (2681)-Almasi,Z (2663) Pula 1999}) (8... Be6 9. h4 $5 (9. Bf3 $14) 9... Ne4 10. Rc1 g6 11. Qb3 (11. Nh3 $5) (11. Bf3 $5) 11... Na5 12. Qd1 { 1/2-1/2 (12) Andreikin,D (2727)-Wang,H (2752) Dortmund 2013}) 9. h4 $5 (9. Qb3 e6 $5 (9... Na5 10. Qa4+ Nc6 11. Nf3 $5 {0-1 (49) Glavina,P (2437)-Trepat Herranz,J (2315) Linares 2013}) 10. Qxb7 Na5 11. Qc7 Qxc7 12. Bxc7 Bb4 13. Nf3 Nc4 14. Bxc4 dxc4 $44 15. Nd2 Bd3 16. g5 Bxc3 17. bxc3 Nd5 18. Bg3 {1/2-1/2 (18) Azmaiparashvili,Z (2655)-Akopian,V (2615) Wijk aan Zee 1993}) 9... -- ( 9... h6 10. Qb3 $5 $146 {-Dreev} e6 (10... Qd7 11. Nf3 $1 e6 12. Na4 $1 $14) ( 10... Ra7 11. h5 Bh7 12. Nf3 e6 13. g5 hxg5 14. Bxg5 $14) (10... Na5 11. Qa4+ Nc6 (11... b5 $2 12. Bxb5+ axb5 13. Nxb5 $18) 12. Nf3 $14 Nxg4 13. h5 Bf5 14. Qb3 e6 15. Qxb7 Na5 16. Qc7 Qxc7 17. Bxc7 Bb4 18. Nh4 Rc8 19. Bxa5 Bxa5 20. Nxf5 exf5 21. Bxa6 Rxc3 22. bxc3 Bxc3+ 23. Ke2 Bxa1 24. Rxa1 $14) 11. Qxb7 Na5 12. Qc7 Qxc7 13. Bxc7 Bb4 14. Nf3 (14. f3 $5 O-O (14... Rc8 15. Bxa5 Bxa5 16. Rc1 Rb8 17. b3 O-O 18. Kd2 e5 19. dxe5 Nd7 20. Nh3 Nxe5 21. Nf4 Rbd8 22. Nxg6 fxg6 23. Rh3 d4 24. exd4 Rxd4+ 25. Kc2 Rc8 26. Kb1 Rxc3 27. Rxc3 Bxc3 28. f4 $14)) 14... Nc4 (14... Nxg4 15. Nd2 Nf6 16. a3 $14) 15. a3 Bxc3+ 16. bxc3 Be4 ( 16... Rc8 17. Bf4 Nxg4 18. h5 $1 Bh7 19. Rg1 $14) 17. Rg1 $14) (9... h5 10. g5 Ne4 11. Nxe4 Bxe4 12. Bf3 $1 Bxf3 13. Nxf3 e6 {1-0 (36) Henrichs,T (2482) -Kuijf,M (2368) Bregenz 2017} 14. Qb3 $5 $14 {Slav Defense Exchange Variation [kestenberg,tal]}) *
A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [SourceDate "2016.03.19"] {WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION} 1. g4 e5 2. f3 Qh4# {PLEASE EXCUSE MY BLUNDERS!} *