Webinar 13. How to Beat Semi-Slav Defense Deviations

Webinar 13. How to Beat Semi-Slav Defense Deviations

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

I hoped you liked my webinars devoted to certain openings and that’s why I decided to create one more where I’m going to cover how to play Semi-Slav Defense if white tries to deviate from the main lines. I believe you know that Semi-Slav Defense is one of the strongest openings against 1.d4.

d5-e6-c6 pawn formation is very solid and helps black to control the center. Moreover, it’s very often when black decides to give up the control over the center, but to gain a pawn on c4. And even a “bad” bishop on c8 doesn’t make the position passive. This bishop acts as a base for further gain in space on the queenside.

What is Semi-Slav Defense?

In this position 5.Bg5 can lead to Moscow Variation or Anti-Moscow Gambit. 5.e3 usually leads to Meran or Anti-Meran Variation. Sometimes white prefers to play 5.g3 with the intention to get to Catalan system, but in such case, black can take the pawn on c4!

What lines exactly we are going to cover on the webinar?
However, on this webinar we are NOT going to analyze the main lines of Semi-Slav Defense. I’ve already explained it to many of my students and even created a 10-hours course devoted to this opening. On the webinar we are going to analyze only sidelines that you can face with on the way to Semi-Slav!

Line 1. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 & 4.Qb3 like GM Michal Krasenkow played against me.

Line 2. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 & 5.Nbd2 & 5.b3 I played against it for a few times and I’m sure it’s better to know how to react. It’s quite difficult to find the solution during the game especially if your opponent is well-prepaired.

I’m glad to welcome you to my 13th webinar “How to Beat Semi-Slav Defense Deviations”.

The webinar starts on Sunday (1st of December) at 10 a.m. (EST), 3 p.m. (GMT), 6 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:

Please, don’t forget to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of a high number of attendees. 10 participants who register for this webinar first will receive a special bonus.