Slav Books

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    Hi all,

    Does anyone have any book recommendations for the Slav defense, preferrably from the Black POV?



  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2


    Do you mean simply 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 or the line all the way to 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 dxc4.  Out of date but very instructional is Sadler's book.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3


    ghostofmaroczy - I was thinking of 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 since I often play people who won't follow standard move orders, but all of the way through move 4. would work as well. I'll check out Sadler's book now, thanks

    weepingking - fantastic, thank you. A focus on the "why" behind moves would be quite helpful for my opening knowledge in general

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4


    Since you said you were playing this from the black side, I was wondering if you might be intending 4...e6 (Semi-Slav) or 4...a6 (Chebanenko) or the Abrahams-Noteboom.  Sadler wrote a book about the Semi-Slav also.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5


    i was wondering this recently too, there's almost no good books on the pure slav.

    Lakdawala recommends what I think are dodgy lines, especially the pawn hunt in the exchange slav.

    The semi slav has an insane ammount of material in comparison.

    Whats 'play the slav' like? 

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6


    I don't want to get into the Semi-Slav but I will eventually play ...e6 and then work toward the thematic ...c5/...e5 break (after playing ...dxc4). I want to achieve a standard Caro-Slav structure so my play against 1. e4 and 1.d4 can have similar ideas (I'd like to work on the Caro-Kann as well, but I have a book or two in mind as is). If what I've described is in fact "Semi-Slav," sorry, my understanding of it was having the triangle formation e6-d5-c6.

    Perhaps Sadler's book will be a good catch-up and then I can study recent games for current theory.

    I'm still exploring openings to see what I like best. Been tossing around a lot of ideas: Accel Dragon/French/Caro and Nimzo,Bogo/Grunfeld/Slav

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7


    the pure slav isnt so sharp, the semi slav has all the sharp lines like the noteboom and botvinnik.

    If youre ok with pushing a little bit, then move by move is a fairly good book, personally i think some of its recommendations are a bit too ambitious. 

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8


    I was watching some of the Pawn Structure 101 videos and IM Rensch made it seem like the current Slav (past 2 years) was extremely sharp. I wanted to adjust my previous statement (as you can see I edited it a bit): I "prefer" positional chess, but can manage a sharp game if it goes that way

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    You might not get "sharp" games from the Accel Dragon.

    The French is a nice opening, I'd like to encourage you to play it.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10


    Thanks, yes, I misspoke.

    I won't give up on the French, I'm just frustrated that I don't currently understand how to capitalize on Black's Queenside activity. Ideally those will all be in my repertoire. Still figuring out what the hell to do as white, too... Don't mind playing everything really, but I don't have any favorites either 

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