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Poll closed Question: In Slav which line do you prefer and why?
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Classical Slav with 4... dxc4    
  37 (49.3%)
a6 Slav or Chebanenko    
  18 (24.0%)
Semi-Slav    
  20 (26.7%)




Total votes: 75
« Created by: rossia on: 12/27/13 at 18:01:16 »
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Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies) Grandmaster Repertoire 17 – The Classical Slav (Read 40365 times)
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Re: Grandmaster Repertoire 17 – The Classical Slav
Reply #2 - 12/27/13 at 18:47:53
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Well Semkov's description could make a case for playing the Classical Slav as Black. I've played both sides. It's a solid and active opening. I agree that the typical +/= assessments can be difficult for White to prove in practice. (Often the advantage evaporates after a small inaccuracy.) I remember someone on here opining this was a bad opening for Black, but maybe he didn't face it much as White!

I think there's a case for knowing something about all three Slavs. There is a lot of room for different approaches and knowledge of each can sometimes be helpful in countering sidelines or preparing for certain types of players.
  
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Re: Grandmaster Repertoire 17 – The Classical Slav
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Grandmaster Repertoire 17 – The Classical Slav
12/27/13 at 17:57:10
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In early 2014 Black players will have complete repertoire written by Boris Avrukh, Olympiad gold medalist and former World Junior Champion, in The Classical Slav which "provides a sound and active repertoire based on 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4. Avrukh also covers White's early alternatives, in particular the popular systems with 4.e3."

What do you think about Classical Slav, and how is compared with a6 Slav and Semi-Slav?

Once IM Semko Semkov  from Chess Stars wrote:

"I do not know about you, but for me the Classical Slav is one of the
most difficult openings to understand. This is an opening for champions
and the better wins. A very strong GM could lose as White (against
people with deep positional understanding) without committing any
obvious mistake. You can never learn the Classic Slav. You have to feel
it. It is full of variations with the deceiving tag "+=" which could be
true, but it is extremely easy to lose orientation. That's why most
professionals prefer to avoid it. This could be achieved exactly by the
move order we consider in our book: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3. Some people say that the Botvinnik is the better choice. Even if that
were true, (and I do not think so), that does not solve the main
problem - how to avoid the Classical Slav. I repeat, you just cannot
learn this opening. The Anti-Meran is many times easier, even in its
most extreme forms like 7.g4."
  
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