dealing with the slav

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2


    Try the 3 Nc3 lines.  Whether Black plays ...dxc4 or ...e5, it will usually end up a more open game than the usual Slav stuff, more chances to mix it up.


    Of course, in the main lines 4 Bg5 can lead to very active and tactical play, too.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4


    Yea just go to the 2010 World Chess Championships there is a few games that get into some slav lines

    Game(s): 3 - Slav Defense: Weisbaden Variation D17, 5- Slav Defense D17 , 8 - Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation D17 

    2 ties and 1 victory

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6


    Beyond raw statistics or the recommendations of people selling opening books, what is truly important in your choice of opening line is that you feel good playing it, are comfortable with the sort of positions you get from it, and are confident about your chances when the games steers into it.

    The objective differences between most mainstream opening variations, and even between those and many unusual lines, can only be consistently exploited by strong masters.  The difference in your play between a line you feel good about and one you are nervous about is far greater.

    Take your time in choosing your lines, play them all if you must to find those you really like playing.  When you settle on a line, play it faithfully, and you will become more familiar with it than your opponents likely will be.  That alone helps your results.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7


    samarth22 wrote:

    @uhohspaghettio and Estragon

    i recentley borrowed a book from a close by chess club, the book was the slav: move by move by cyrus lakdawala and its published in 2011 so the slav theory was relatively fresh. i looked at all the chapters with 3. Nc3 especially the geller gambit and it looked like black was equalizing and doing very well in those lines. Is there any slav book for white published in the last couple years or is there any super GM's games i could look at to get some ideas? Thanks again!


    Cy is a strong player who labored for many years in weekend events and the few longer open tournaments to get his chances, and succeeded by merit and determination.

    That said, he is hardly a world class authority on the various approaches to the Slav, he is selling a book and analysis tends to fit the theme of opening books.  This is why you should never waste your money on opening books (other than encyclopedia-type classification works, and even those can't promise the latest on most variations).

    But if you choose to believe what is in the first book you read on a variation, experience may be your most effective teacher.  Good luck!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9


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