Opening: D11: Slav Defense
D15, D94: QGD Slav, Grunfeld
A84: Dutch defense
D43: Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
Player(s): Kramnik, Huebner, Matlakov, Grigoryan, Wang Yue, Balogh, Ponomariov, Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Ivanchuk, Wang Hao, Ni Hua, Gajewski, Kempinski, Topalov, Kramnik, Le Quang Liem, Bruzon, Vallejo Pons, Coleman, Korchnoi, Fridman, Kramnik, Morozevich, Kasparov, Reis, Smejkal, Meduna, Tomashevsky, Romanov, Malakhov, Gleizerov, Gelfand, Morozevich,Hansen, Hector, Gurevich, Pavasovic, Socko, Murdzia, Aronian, Sokolov, Georgiev, Shoriv, Karpov, Timman, Kortschnoj, Zaric
The Slav Defense is one of the most solid defenses to 1 d4, and a great favorite of the world's leading players. John Watson looks at the opening from White's point of view, recommending safe but strategically rich setups against each variation. He also examines the Semi-Slav Defense, a close relative of the Slav.