Soft decision decoding of binary linear block codes transmitted over the additive white Gaussian channel (AWGN) using antipodal signaling is considered. A set of decoding algorithms called generalized Chase algorithms is proposed. In contrast to Chase algorithms, which require alfloor (d- 1)/2 rfloorbinary error-correcting decoder for decoding a binary linear block code of minimum distanced, the generalized Chase algorithms can use a binary decoder that can correct less thanlfloor ( d - 1)/2 rfloorhard errors. The Chase algorithms are particular cases of the generalized Chase algorithms. The performance of all proposed algorithms is asymptotically optimum for high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Simulation results for the(47, 23)quadratic residue code indicate that even for low SNR the performance level of a maximum likelihood decoder can be approached by a relatively simple decoding procedure.