Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Slav (Part 1)
When the Queen's Gambit has been declined, a number of variations can take place in the moves to follow. One such opening that can occur is called the Semi-Slav. Today, we'll learn to recognize the typical pattern and over-all strategy of a semi-slav position. The variations of both black and white will be discussed at a later date.
Let's get started with what the Semi-Slav looks like.
So, what exactly is going on here? Let's find out.
In the Semi-Slav position, we find that the value of the dark-squared bishop is more significant than the light-squared bishop due to the impasse of the centre. White's goal remains the same as the regular queen's gambit: to weaken the opponent's pawns in the center and create momentum on his own queen side.
I'm still learning this opening, but it seems that black is trying to maintain the center with the protection of the dual pawns via c6 and e6. It also seems that the C and D file are opened up quite consistently throughout these games. Perhaps, black can control these files early on?
Next article, I'll try to analyze further variations of the Semi-Slav.