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In the Slav Defence Black supports his d-pawn with 2...c6. Compared to the move 2...e6 this has the advantage of not blocking in Black’s Bc8, and it makes it possible, in the event of 3.cxd5, to recapture on d5 with a pawn and thus to maintain a central pawn on d5. The Slav Defence enjoys the reputation of being one of the safest and most solid replies to the Queen’s Gambit. It is very popular in both top tournaments and also amateur tournaments.
Slav and Semi-Slav Powerbook 2021
For the Slav and Semi-Slav Powerbook 2021 the ratings average was set at 2400. 1.76 million games from the engine room of playchess.com met this threshold, to which were added over 80 000 games played by humans.
A sharp Slav Vol.2
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 dxc4. Without a White Knight on c3 the positon becomes radically different to the earlier line, but the idea of disruption is still the key to understanding Black's play.
by IM Andrew Martin
A sharp Slav Vol.1
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 dxc4! In this precise position 3...dxc4 is disruptive. Black plans ...b7-b5 and often...b5-b4 hitting the Knight on c3.
by IM Andrew Martin
Exchange on d5 in the Slav and Queen's Gambit
On this DVD, we will look at a simple-to-learn yet surprisingly effective system that White can play after 1 d4 d5. In all cases White will play 2 c4 - and if given the chance, 3 cxd5!
by Simon Williams
The Slav against the Reti
Against the incredibly flexible Reti Opening (1.Nf3), Henrik Danielsen relies on a Slav setup: Black plays d5 followed by c6 and quickly develops his Bc8. The Islandic GM shows you many subtleties and tricks which you definitely need to know!