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Beginner mistake in the Slav defense

In the Slav defense many players who just started to play this defense move the bishop to f5 too early. It leaves the b7 pawn undefended and white gets a strong attack by attacking the b7 and the d5 pawns in the same time.
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  • 16 months ago


    makes so much sense, that IM made it look so easy.

  • 20 months ago


    thanks!  makes total sense now.

  • 20 months ago


    The threat of attacking d5 is not that you can instantly take the pawn, but that black cannot defend b7 with a move like Qc7 or Qb6 (Qd7 is ofcourse not possible).

    The only other way to defend b7 is Bc8 or indeed b6 which are both not that great moves to play.

  • 20 months ago


    nice game !!

  • 20 months ago


    ive seen this game (or very similar) from you before.  although d5 is attacked after Qb3, there is no real threat of capture there (attacked twice, defended twice), so I dont see why it's so strong. could you explain?  

    and about the 6... b6, which is a mistake, what could one do instead?


  • 20 months ago


    i like your articles. its short and useful

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