The Chebanenko Slav by GM Magesh and GM Arun
This week we shall study The Chebanenko Slav.This system is considered to be a super solid opening and the number of its followers seems to be growing fast.This system has become popular in the last few years thanks to the efforts of Grandmasters like Aronian, Kamsky, Karjakin, Malakhov who added this system to their repertoire and employed it successfully.
In this system Black has a solid structure and calmly develops his pieces, sometimes even allowing White to gain a space advantage. When white, using his space advantage, tries to initiate an attack by marching the pawns on either flank, then Black gets the break e7-e5 by which he opens the centre and develops counterplay.
In the recently concluded World Cup, Vladimir Malakhov used this system to a great effect to eliminate Svidler, Eljanov and Wesley So. Our first game is between Svidler and Malakhov. White played an ambitious setup and managed to complicate the game but at the important juncture he misplayed and lost the game quickly.