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Slav Masters

  • International 
  • Formed: Jan 21, 2012
  • The "Slav Masters" group is ideal for anyone who wants to master the Slav Defense in response to the Queen's Gambit, or would just like to learn more about this opening. This popular opening was played by 11 of the first 13 world champions and was particularly favored by Euwe, Botvinnik, and Smyslov. More recently the Slav has been adopted by Anand, Ivanchuk, Short, and other top grandmasters, including use in six of the eight games that Vladimir Kramnik played as Black in the 2006 World Championship (in the other two, he played the related Semi-Slav Defense). We feature study groups on the opening as well as forum discussions on Slav strategies, a Slav "Game of the Week", and member-supported game analyses. We also schedule Team Matches that feature the Slav to provide members with practice playing this opening. I look forward to seeing you in the group!

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  • Hi Kstorn, I would like to play the semi slav as black against you in live chess. What time/s are you are usually available?

    by rlian3 3 days ago

  • ok

    by kstorn 5 days ago

  • I tend to play the full Slav as Black. But, we could play some unrated games if you're interested.

    by SmyslovFan 5 days ago

  • I would play the Semi-Slav as white, because I don't play the Semi-Slav, but I have been studying against it, and yes it would be in live chess.

    by kstorn 6 days ago

  • I'll play the White side against you if you're interested. I prefer live chess.

    by SmyslovFan 7 days ago

  • Does anyone play the Sem-Slav and would like to play me?

    by kstorn 7 days ago

  • thematic tournament for Slav starts on 1st of November. 1400-1700 and above 1700.

    by jrc7 9 months ago

  • Acabo de ganar estratégicamente la partida a indio que es great ;) porque ahora cuando el avance su peón se lo comeré, el comerá el mío de séptima y le enfilaré el rey y la torre, depende de donde de de que coma, con lo cual tendré un terrible peón pasado de mas que me dará la partida. O al menos eso creo.

    by tutelas 9 months ago

  • i didnt say Nunn's point was wrong. in fact, i think almost everything in chess takes patience to learn/master.

    by Gilasaurus 9 months ago

  • Whether you're a fan of Nunn or of Aagard or someone else, Nunn's point still is true. I don't play the Slav because it's solid, but because it gives me good winning chances against the 2000-2300 crowd (USCF). It's an unbalanced game with some unusual tactical and strategic ideas compared to the more common Indians that are seen in my area. I used to play the French more than anything else, but now I choose my opening based on my opponent. I play the Scheveningen, Taimanov, CK, and French now.

    by SmyslovFan 9 months ago