Mastery: Openings

Learn the Semi-Slav Defense

Learn the Semi-Slav Defense

The Semi-Slav is one of Black's best counter-attacking options against 1.d4. Some lines are solid and others are among the most complicated in all of chess.

  • Learn the Semi-Slav Defense

    Learn the essentials of the Semi-Slav Defense, including pawn structures, tactics and key themes to know.

    • 14 min
    • 10 challenges
  • Learn the Semi Slav Defense: Thematic Tactics

    The Semi-Slav can reach quiet or very sharp position. Try to solve some of the thematic tactics that can help on either side of the opening.

    • 10 challenges
  • Learn the Semi-Slav Defense: Model Game

    World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik was one of the developers of the Semi-Slav Defense and own many brilliant games with it. Try to find his moves in this crushing win against former US Champion Arnold Denker.

    • 1 challenge
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