Chebanenko Slav Defense – Complete Repertoire for Black with GM Adrien Demuth

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Beat White Playing the Chebanenko Slav Defense (10+ hours)!

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Chebanenko Slav Defense – GM Adrien Demuth

Looking for a solid and flexible opening for Black against 1.d4? GM Adrien Demuth reveals his favorite weapon against 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3, the Chebanenko Slav Defense (3…a6!). You will get 10 hours with all the theory, in-game analysis, plans, and pawn structures. Nothing is being held back.

You’re getting the complete GM-level repertoire that is battle-tested against both IM and GM level opponents, as well as under 2200 players.

You can spend memorizing the mainline theory, or you can do exactly what GM Adrien Demuth did…

Adrien spent a fraction of the preparation time building a complete repertoire for Black based on the Chebanenko Slav Defense.

Although many club players would consider 4…a6 a ‘strange move’, Grandmasters know it’s totally solid and leads to two powerful pawn breaks: …b5 and …e5.

In fact, the Chebanenko Slav is so solid, that some GMs gave up playing 1.d4 altogether because they couldn’t claim any advantage with White in this line!!

About the Author

GM Adrien Demuth (2562 ELO)

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Chebanenko Slav Defense (3…a6!)

Adrien learned chess at the age of 7. He was a member of the French Youth National Team and obtained his IM title at the age of 19. Later Adrien Demuth became a champion of French Universities in both 2011 and 2015. Adrien has won the prestigious Paris Championship in 2013, securing his first GM norm.

In 2015 Adrien Demuth got the GM title and since then has won multiple strong tournaments. Adrien is a chess coach for the National Youth Team, a writer, and a professional chess player.

What is this course about?

In this 10-hour Opening Lab, GM Demuth reveals his entire opening repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6.

You’ll be playing a very dynamic and flexible system, no matter what White attempts! It works great against IMs and GMs and it will work even better against Club Players.

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • Chebanenko Slav Defense Setup and Typical Pawn Structures – GM Demuth keeps this repertoire “light on the theory”, focusing on structures, plans, and ideas.
  • How to Transpose into a Favorable Chebanenko Line – GM Demuth shares his secrets to make sure you transpose into the highest-scoring lines every-single-time!
  • Beating the Sidelines – You’ll learn all the ideas, plans, piece maneuvers, and exchanges to makes sure you are always a step ahead of your opponents
  • When NOT to Play …a6. GM Demuth shows a few rare cases when you shouldn’t play the a6-line and provides a powerful alternative.

What’s Included?

Access to Practicum

Train the important move sequences of the Chebanenko Slav Defense with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.

PGNs of all games

Downloadable PGNs of the games presented in the course with Master’s analysis, extra lines, and ideas.

Video Summary – Chebanenko Slav Defense

Summary of essential principles, plans, and GM-level strategies clearly explained, in an easy-to-understand form that you can apply in your own games starting today!

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10+ hours


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Chapter 1: Rare 3rd and 4th moves
Chapter 2: Exchange Slav
Chapter 3: 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3
Chapter 4: 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nbd2
Chapter 5: 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 & 4.Qb3
Chapter 6: 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 without an early Nc3
Chapter 7: 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 without an early Nf3
Chapter 8: 5.cxd5 – Transposition to Slav Exchange
Chapter 9: Various 5th moves
Chapter 10: 5.Bf4
Chapter 11: 5.Bg5
Chapter 12: 5.Ne5
Chapter 13: 5.g3
Chapter 14: 6.g3
Chapter 15: 6.Bg5
Chapter 16: 6.e3
Chapter 17: 5.e3 b5
Chapter 18: 5.e3 b5 6.c5
Chapter 19: 5.c5