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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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  • Most of the elites: Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Aronian, Carlsen, Anand...

    by SmyslovFan 12 days ago

  • Which grandmasters play the slav with both colors?

    by RookSacrifice 13 days ago

  • the Slav Exchange is just chess. There are some cool lines you can try, including the Glasgow Kiss variation.

    by SmyslovFan 8 weeks ago

  • Thinking of taking up the Slav but my first couple of encounters vs. the Exchange have been disasters so any pointers would be helpful. I'm guessing I need to play an early ...a6. Against 3. Nc3 I intend on the Alapin variation 3...e5!? I guess it's the former Budapest player in me

    by J3MP7ym37Hod 8 weeks ago

  • 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 5 months ago

  • ok

    by kstorn 5 months ago

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

    by SmyslovFan 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

    by SmyslovFan 5 months ago

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

    by kstorn 5 months ago