Slaying the Slav Setup with the London System

Slaying the Slav Setup with the London System

The Slav Defense is probably the most common variation after 1.d4 d5, as it was played in most of the World Championship matches on the lasts decade. It’s trendy in the pros tournaments, and also in chess clubs around the world.

The Slav is a good weapon as it results in solid positions. But also, in some sharp variations, Slav players try to take on c4 and then defend it with b7-b5.

So, when playing White, one must consider how to play against this formidable defense.

GM Damian Lemos, in his Deep Dive #2, navigates the depths of the London System, and gives many good ideas and plans to fight against any defense that Black can try.

Take, for example, this free preview on how he tackles the Slav Defense. He aims to a apparently inoffensive variation where he exchanges queens early on, to arrive to the position of the next diagram: London System

At first sight, Black appears to have no problems. And I bet you that this is what your opponents will think about this position!

But White has a crushing idea that demonstrates that this variation has a lot of venom. After 11.Nd2, the knight rides to a5 (via b3) and the b7-pawn is very difficult to defend! The Bf4 has a crucial role in this plan, as this bishop defends the b8- and c7-squares.

Black discover a way to defend b7, and this idea bring the next position (on the left).London System

A horrible position for Black! He can’t move almost any piece!

Look that poor Ng8! And also the Rc7, Nd7 and Be7 are all misplaced.

However, it doesn’t look easy to win yet, but Grischuk technique allow him to take the full point in only a few more moves.

If you want to see how he did that and, more important, to understand all the ideas and moves from Grischuk, you MUST see the free preview of The London System (Lemos Deep Dive)

If you also want to know how to use this formidable weapon against any Black response, then you should get The London System by GM Damian Lemos clicking here.

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