17480 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Does anyone have any book recommendations for the Slav defense, preferrably from the Black POV?
Do you mean simply 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 or the line all the way to 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 dxc4. Out of date but very instructional is Sadler's book.
ghostofmaroczy - I was thinking of 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 since I often play people who won't follow standard move orders, but all of the way through move 4. would work as well. I'll check out Sadler's book now, thanksweepingking - fantastic, thank you. A focus on the "why" behind moves would be quite helpful for my opening knowledge in general
Since you said you were playing this from the black side, I was wondering if you might be intending 4...e6 (Semi-Slav) or 4...a6 (Chebanenko) or the Abrahams-Noteboom. Sadler wrote a book about the Semi-Slav also.
i was wondering this recently too, there's almost no good books on the pure slav.Lakdawala recommends what I think are dodgy lines, especially the pawn hunt in the exchange slav.The semi slav has an insane ammount of material in comparison.Whats 'play the slav' like?
I don't want to get into the Semi-Slav but I will eventually play ...e6 and then work toward the thematic ...c5/...e5 break (after playing ...dxc4). I want to achieve a standard Caro-Slav structure so my play against 1. e4 and 1.d4 can have similar ideas (I'd like to work on the Caro-Kann as well, but I have a book or two in mind as is). If what I've described is in fact "Semi-Slav," sorry, my understanding of it was having the triangle formation e6-d5-c6.Perhaps Sadler's book will be a good catch-up and then I can study recent games for current theory.I'm still exploring openings to see what I like best. Been tossing around a lot of ideas: Accel Dragon/French/Caro and Nimzo,Bogo/Grunfeld/Slav
the pure slav isnt so sharp, the semi slav has all the sharp lines like the noteboom and botvinnik.If youre ok with pushing a little bit, then move by move is a fairly good book, personally i think some of its recommendations are a bit too ambitious.
I was watching some of the Pawn Structure 101 videos and IM Rensch made it seem like the current Slav (past 2 years) was extremely sharp. I wanted to adjust my previous statement (as you can see I edited it a bit): I "prefer" positional chess, but can manage a sharp game if it goes that way
You might not get "sharp" games from the Accel Dragon.
The French is a nice opening, I'd like to encourage you to play it.
Thanks, yes, I misspoke.I won't give up on the French, I'm just frustrated that I don't currently understand how to capitalize on Black's Queenside activity. Ideally those will all be in my repertoire. Still figuring out what the hell to do as white, too... Don't mind playing everything really, but I don't have any favorites either
10/9/2015 - In From Behind
by kfleming a few minutes ago
Chess Bazaar's New Soviet Set--A Pictorial Review
by NobodyInParticular4 9 minutes ago
This Site Will Soon Have 13 Million Members !
by incantevoleutopia 12 minutes ago
Why are women not as successful as men in chess?
by trysts 13 minutes ago
the most fun trophy in chess.com
by Hhaziq 29 minutes ago
Who will Win FIDE Women´s Grand Prix? 3-15 October 2015
by chess_mP 34 minutes ago
No computer can solve this mate in 1, my revenge!!
by aman_makhija 34 minutes ago
Who will win the World Cup of Chess
by chess_mP 35 minutes ago
Do we players want to have live 960.
The Hnerf Attack
by TheBlunderfulPlayer 42 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!