Semi-Slav Defense

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c6

The Semi-Slav meets the Queen's gambit by playing both ...e6 and ...c6. Black then can complete his development and gain the chance for a later ...dxc4 followed by ...b5 and ...Bb7.


  • Sharp, but with solid foundations
  • Focuses on the center


  • The light-squared bishop is temporarily blocked
  • Very theoretical
  • Can be avoided in various ways

Learn the Semi-Slav Defense

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