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A 1. Nf3! Repertoire (Version 3.0)
Compiled by danielpi
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I think Nf3 is the best first move because it gives White the most flexibility in determining the pace of the game. This is particularly useful if you enjoy endgames and technical positions, as I do. The following are the variations that I've found most reliably give White a playable edge (with the least memorization necessary). The idea is to get to familiar, comfortable positions, which aren't sharp, which are outside the trendy theoretical lines, and which allow me to just play chess. Yes, I know these are mostly drawish lines. And yes, I really am this boring.

QGD - Exchange variation - Positional line, 6.Qc2 (D36) 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c6 7. Qc2


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Slav - Exchange variation
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5* 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4


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QGD w/ 7...g6
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1988 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

QGD w/ 7...g6
Joel Benjamin vs Zarkov, 1994
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1-0

QGD w/ 7...g6
Kamsky vs Shirov, 1992 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

QGD w/ 7...Nbd7
Kasparov vs A Rabinovich, 1994 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 1-0

QGD w/ 7...Nbd7
Koneru vs J Simpson, 2002
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

*Slav - If Black plays 4...Nxd5, go for a big center w/ tempo
Keres vs E Ruga, 1935
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Botvinnik vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1966 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Petrosian vs Sveshnikov, 1976
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Igor Ivanov vs E Torre, 1982 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Shirov vs D Komarov, 1988
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 51 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Ulf Andersson vs Huebner, 1997 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 61 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Bf4
Kramnik vs V Kint, 2001 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...a6 7. Rc1 Bf4
Dreev vs Harikrishna, 2005 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 65 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...a6 7. Rc1 Ne4
Gulko vs Shabalov, 2003
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...a6 7. Rc1 e6
Kiril D Georgiev vs D Svetushkin, 2004 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Slav w/ 6...e6
Petrosian vs Kupreichik, 1976 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...e6
Euwe vs S Landau, 1939
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Slav w/ 6...Ne4
R Cifuentes vs S G Simonenko, 2001
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

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