Exchange Slav is very straightforward opening is play as dry as possible. Korobov is very well known theoretician and young Armenian GM doesn;t want to go for complicated lines, he decides to play a technical game. Korobov has to show his positional skills in order to win.
Sargsyan Shant – Anton Korobov, Aeroflot open, Exchange Slav
The Exchange Variation was once described as “the system that takes the fun out of playing the Slav” for Black. After 3.cxd5 cxd5, the symmetrical position offers White only the advantage of the extra move, but the drawish position offers Black little chance to win unless White is overly ambitious. The rooks will often be exchanged down the now open c-file. This line is often used as a drawing weapon and if both players want to draw, they can play the symmetrical line, which continues 3…cxd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5, where the position is totally symmetrical and every piece is developed to a good square. This has an 84% draw percentage according to the Chess.com database and is one of the most drawish lines in chess, especially after 7.e3 e6 8.Bd3 (after Bd3, there is 97% drawing chance, according to previous games). To avoid this possibility Black often chooses the move order 2…e6 followed by 3…c6 to enter the Semi-Slav.
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