I covered the Slav Exchange structure in my Exchange Slav - Strategy and Tactics ebook, but here are a couple of fresh examples I’d like to bring up to illustrate some ideas in this structure.
Rusev, K. - Ni Hua
XXIV Rapid 2009.07.25 , D14
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Bb5 O-O 10. O-O Bxc3 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Rfc1 Ne4 13. Qa3
- The remoteness of white heavy pieces from the kingside allows Black to begin the hunt for the white bishop.
- Black's initiative persists into the endgame while the White's extra pawn is not very useful at this point.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov - Dmitry Jakovenko
13th European Individual Championship 2012.03.22 , D14
1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Bb5 Nd7 9. Qb3 Be7 10. O-O
- It turns out that White just castled into a full blown pawn storm on the kingside.
- Black has connected the heavy pieces by getting the king out of the way, and the doubling of queen and rook along the h file is a serious threat now.