The Semi-Slav Defence to the Queen’s Gambit1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6
The Semi-Slav mixes the Slav with the Orthodox Queen’s Gambit. Black plays both …c7-c6 and … e7-e6 before continuing his development. The starting position after four moves can be reached by various transpositions of moves; Black’s moves two to four are relatively interchangeable.
Now the threat is the capture … d5xc4 followed by the defence of the pawn. White can now protect the c4-pawn with 5.e2-e3 or simply sacrifice it with 5.Bc1-g5.
The Semi-Slav is popular with players of all strengths. Most variations lead to dynamic positions with chances for both sides.
In the following diagrams you can reach the starting position with and from there move back and forward through the opening moves with the arrow keys and .
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