A Quick Trap in the Slav

Its fairly important to know the tactical elements in your opening repertoire. For today’s post, I want to share a quick trap that I learned and used in a tournament game in the Slav.

Steincamp – Karell (Maryland Open, 2013)

1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5

3. cxd5 When I played this, I liked the Exchange Variation because it required little opening knowledge, and focused more on actual chess play. For the most part, the opening is based on intuition and common sense.

3…cxd5 4. Bf4 Nf6 5. Nc3

5…e6? There is no real need to block in the light squared bishop. I find this move odd, because usually I find that Slav players tend to want to develop this bishop before this move, thus being why they play …c6 before …e6.

6. e3

6…Bd6?! This is generally the right trade, but I think that this may not be the best positional idea. Black’s queen doesn’t add value to Black’s position from d6, and leaves c8 hanging. Thematically, this is the right idea, but positionally this move is the wrong approach.

7. Bxd6 Qxd6

8.Rc1 Immediately seizing the file. This was one of the reasons I liked this line, because generally I could reach this kind of position with little pressure. I threaten Nb5 attacking the queen, then Nc7+ with a deadly fork.

8…a6 The b5 square is weak, but that leaves black open to a quick discovered attack from the powerful rook on c1.

9. Nxd5!! Attacking the bishop. My opponent makes the only move in the position, as Black cannot allow Rxc8+.

Nc6 10. Nxf6+ gxf6 +- Black kingside is unsafe, and its quick uncomfortable to castle queenside. On top of this, I am up a pawn, and black only has a slight advantage in development.

I have to give my opponent a lot of credit because after this trap I got lazy and let her back in the game. However, this trap gave me both a material and positional advantage out of the opening.

Feel like I missed something? Feel dress to comment below!

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