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As title above, what is the point or the main idea of a very early ...a6 Pawn move in Queen’s Gambit Declined? I see that the move is fairly popular at GM and even top level.

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    It might help to give an example game, so we can see exactly when it is played and against which White moves. – D M May 27 at 18:28
  • Ding - Carlsen played yesterday: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6, for example. – A. N. Other May 27 at 18:42
  • Leko - Caruana, 2019: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 a6. – A. N. Other May 27 at 19:13
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    These examples should be in the question itself IMO. Also, having the whole game would be useful. – Qudit May 27 at 19:26
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    Yes, they are available, but we generally request self-contained questions. Also, the middlegames and endgames are extremely important IMO. – Brandon_J May 27 at 20:53
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It is hard to tell exactly without an exact line, but normally it has the idea of following with ...dxc4 (putting the enemy bishop on the c4 square), ...b5 (now kicking it away) and ...Bb7.

This solves the annoying problem of placing the c8 bishop on a decent square

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