The a6 Slav occurs after 4…a6. Black seeks an early b5, either before or after capturing at c4. The Chebanenko Slav Defense also known as the Chameleon is a current and very popular strategy between players who want a flexible position against 1.d4, or want to disorient White.
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GM Leonid Kritz was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. He started playing chess at age of 4, at Spartak Moscow Chess School. Youth World Champion under 16 in 1999, became grandmaster at the age of 19 years in 2003.
Participated at FIDE World Cup in 2004, represented Germany at Chess Olympiad 2004, and European Team Championships 2005 and 2007. Co-winner of SPICE Cup 2008 – by that time strongest round-robin tournament in the US history.
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