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

    by jrc7 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

  • i guess i just prefer my scheveningen, got bored of french after having played it for some years and i guess CK was too similar to French, whereas to d4 i dont have the sicilian luxury and prefer the solid positional stuff as Slav is to me. oh im not a big fan of J.Nunn, i prefer j.silman and j.aagaard :P

    by Gilasaurus 3 months ago

  • J.Nunn writes it takes patience to learn the "strategic" openings (like CK & Slav). Your 1st results will be worse than with other more tactical openings, but the effort will pay back later. Faith helps a lot. CK is still played by the masters for a good reason. Obviously, beeing familiar with the usual themes in the Slav does help in the CK, too.

    by Walter_von_Entferndt 3 months ago

  • caro-kann of course, funny cus for some reason I love the slav but gave up on the caro-kann after studying it for a few hours and having played 1 game with it xD I never found out why I liked the one and hated the other while they have so much in common, apparently the differences are more significant

    by Gilasaurus 3 months ago

  • I'm a slave of the Slav (& Caro-Kann, of course)! On 1.d4?!, I just can't resist to dive into this wonderful universe... ;)

    by Walter_von_Entferndt 3 months ago

  • no conocía esa celada, 1-1

    by tutelas 4 months ago

  • I am hosting a tournament. Here is the link for anyone that is interested :) http://www.chess.com/tournament/august-madness-tournament-no-1

    by ramccrea 4 months ago