[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bf5

I want to put a lot of pressure in black's position, I used to follow the game with:


And here black has two major options:

i) 5... cxd5

rn1qkb1r/pp2pppp/2p2n2/3P1b2/3P4/2N2N2/PP2PPPP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 5

5... cxd5 6.Qb3 Qb6 7.Nxd5 Qxb3 8.Nxf6+ exf6 9.axb3

I think it's very good for white

ii) 5... Nxd5, and here I found searching in a database a move that looks like strong, Nd2!

rn1qkb1r/pp2pppp/2p2n2/3P1b2/3P4/2N2N2/PP2PPPP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 5

5... Nxd5 6. Nd2 e6 7.e4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bg6

And in this position white has a solid center and looks for me a little better

I want more, how should I continue after 4...Bf5?

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    Why would you think i) is very good for white? It just loses a piece. Now, if you had written 8.Nxf6+ instead...
    – kahen
    Dec 3, 2014 at 23:04
  • Sorry... I correct it
    – Marco
    Dec 4, 2014 at 9:03
  • You probably mixed it up with 5…Nd5 6.Qb3 Qb6 7.Nd5 Qb3 and now 8.Nc7 ... Dec 4, 2014 at 9:16
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    You can find some explanation here: tartajubow.blogspot.in/2010/11/janowsky-capablanca.html
    – Aravind
    Dec 6, 2014 at 9:27
  • 1
    @BlindKungFuMaster: 2... Bf5 is interesting, but shouldn't be combined with c6. The bishop move in those Slav positions (before dxc4) is usually bad. Dec 21, 2014 at 20:06

3 Answers 3


As far as I know it is consensus that the two variations you gave starting with 5.cxd5 are indeed the best possible way to play as White.

Now 4. ...Bf5 is a bad move, as Black is either forced to give up a pawn( in the first variation) or give up the center(as in the second variation), but despite these tactical flaws it is still a sensible developing move, so you really should not expect to gain more than you do in the given variations.

That being said, White does have different options available, but none of them is actually objectively stronger. In fact, if White is careless this variation can easily result in an equal or even slightly favorable position for Black. There is a famous game Yanovsky - Capablanca, that beautifully illustrates this danger.


6.Qb3 Nc6! 7.Qxb7 Bd7 is apparently playable for black, lots of theory. The obvious move 8.Bf4, preventing Rb8, requires further investigation.

Perhaps something aggresive such as 8..e5 is the idea.


You could play either:

  • d*5 (better defense).
  • Ne4 (good defense and offense).
  • Qd6 (to let queen out so could attack later)************personally think this is best.
  • e6 (better positioning).
  • 1
    Could you please elaborate a bit more on your answer? This looks a bit empty. Jan 1, 2015 at 18:42

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