Mastery: Openings

Slay the Slav with the Boor Attack

Slay the Slav with the Boor Attack

Learn a surprise opening vs. the solid Slav defense. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3!? This course is loaded with opening traps, strategy and innovative play!

  • Introduction to the Boor Attack

    Join me on an exploration of my secret chess weapon. Normally in the Exchange Variation of the Slav Defense we are in for symmetrical structures that tend to simplify to a draw. Not so in the Boor Attack! White will attempt to overrun the center with...

    • 5 challenges
  • The Open Variation

    In this first lesson we will find out how White should respond to Black's most principled play.

    • 3 challenges
  • Boor's Tusk

    I have lost count of how many times I have played this attacking scheme in blitz games (even GMs fall for it). If you learn it well, I can promise you will achieve similar quick knockouts!

    • 7 challenges
  • Tusk Trap

    This lesson is an examination of a nice trap in the Boor Attack that leads to checkmate.

    • 4 challenges
  • Proper Defense

    We finish our exploration of the Open Variation with a look at how Black should defend in the Boor Tusk line.

    • 3 challenges
  • The Bishop Defense

    In this lesson we explore another possible defense to the Boor Attack.

    • 5 challenges
  • Mutual Destruction

    In this lesson Black plays for a cunning pawn transformation that, if met correctly, leaves White with a dynamic edge.

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  • The Closed Variation

    How to meet the most common answer by Black? With correct play White will gain a pleasant advantage in a "French" pawn structure.

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  • The "Refutation"

    In this lesson we explore one of the most testing variations of the Boor Attack.

    • 7 challenges
  • The Mcduffee

    We close this study of the Boor Attack by looking at one of my best wins in this variation. I have titled this game The Mcduffee as I was inspired by a girl I met before I played it... who later became my wife.

    • 28 challenges
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