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  1. Standard member Santa Drummer
    I AM INNOCENT
    19 Nov '05 22:07
    After

    d4 d5
    c4 c6
    Nc3 dxc4
    e6 b5

    is it safe to hold out on c4 as black? I cant seem to find a counter for white
  2. 20 Nov '05 02:21
    Originally posted by Santa Drummer
    After

    d4 d5
    c4 c6
    Nc3 dxc4
    e6 b5

    is it safe to hold out on c4 as black? I cant seem to find a counter for white
    It's the Noteboom variation of the semi-slav. Black often winds up a pawn ahead and intends to push them on the queenside. But it's sharp because white counterattacks in the center and has chances at weakening them. eg.
    1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 b5 6. a4 Bb4 7. Bd2 a5 8. axb5 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 cxb5 10. b3 Nf6