Complete Semi-Slav for Black with NM Viktor Neustroev

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Complete Semi-Slav for Black with NM Viktor Neustroev
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If you want to make the Semi-Slav your new secret weapon, Viktor Neustroev is here to help. His brand new 14-hour course explains all the ideas behind the popular variations and shows HOW to put them into practice with analysis of the most instructive GM games.

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Complete Semi-Slav for Black

The Complete Semi-Slav, a comprehensive guide to this deadly weapon against the most popular 1.d4

For those who play to win as Black, 1.d4 can be a tough nut to crack.

Playing the King’s Indian usually just leaves you suffering in a cramped position and many 1…d5 openings are just too passive.

The solution?

Anand and Kramnik’s favorite, the Semi-Slav.

The Semi-Slav – characterized by an early c6-d5-e6 pawn TRIANGLE – is like a time-bomb: Black stays solid while developing, castles nice and early then blows up the position with devastating pawn breaks!

Black gets FANTASTIC squares for the knights, the long diagonal for the light-squared bishop and White often just gets pushed off the board.

The secret is…

If you want to make the Semi-Slav your new secret weapon, Viktor Neustroev is here to help.

His brand new 14-hour course explains all the ideas behind the popular variations and shows HOW to put them into practice with analysis of the most instructive GM games.

What’s covered?

As the name suggests, The Complete Semi-Slav makes sure you’re prepared for anything White may try, from the Catalan set-up with g3 to the aggressive Meran, anti-Meran and Moscow variations.

3 advantages of the Semi-Slav:

  • Choose how to win. Queenside pressure with rooks on the a-c files, kingside attack with Bb7 and knights jumping into dangerous squares, trade pieces for a superior endgame – you get to decide how the game goes… a rare luxury for Black!
  • Early crushes. The well-timed pawn breaks you’ll learn in this course contain hidden venom. They gain time and open lines but also take away critical squares from White’s pieces. One wrong retreat and White will be completely tied up, allowing devastating attacks!
  • Sneaky tactics. Black’s active pieces can set-up a ton of tactical patterns that will decide the game in your favor.

Mixing theory, practical games, and typical tactics, Viktor Neustroev has created the ultimate primer on this fascinating opening.

Let’s Begin?

What’s Included?

Complete Semi-Slav for Black with NM Neustroev – video course [12 hours 41 minutes]

In this 23-lessons, 13-hour course, NM Neustroev combines explanations of theory and ideas with analysis of practical games so you know what to do and how to apply it in real games. Far more than an “if White plays this, you play this” opening guide, Viktor Neustroev’s Complete Semi-Slav gives you a bulletproof opening and shows you how to play the resulting middlegames.

Access to Practicum

Train the important tactical skills and motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.

Complete set of PGNs + Novelties

Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of all the games and opening theory covered in the course. Each lecture comes with a separate PGN file for your convenience and ease of navigation. Powerful novelties included surprising those titled players.

Brief Summary/Reference Guide

The downloadable summary of the key points covered in the course for quick reference and review. Use it as a quick refresher after studying the course or print it and pin it on the wall.

Extra Training Tasks – Quiz [PDF]

Advanced training tasks are included to make sure you grasp the most important ideas of the Kan Variation, able to find the best moves and right continuations in actual games.

Applying the Theory [1 Hour 30 Min]

Watch NM Viktor Neustroev playing live and applying principles and ideas covered in the course. NM Neustroev annotates the games on-the-fly, sharing his ideas and secrets of success. 1.5 hours of extra materials. A must-have for any serious chess player.


  • LECTURE 1 About the course
  • LECTURE 2 Against Catalan
  • LECTURE 3 Sarana – Dreev
  • LECTURE 4 Khismatullin – Potkin
  • LECTURE 5 Zhao Xue – Girya
  • LECTURE 6 Bareev – Potkin
  • LECTURE 7 Moscow Variation. Main Lines
  • LECTURE 8 Sarana – Goganov
  • LECTURE 9 Shimanov – Dreev
  • LECTURE 10 Gelfand – Ponomariov
  • LECTURE 11 Anti-Moscow Gambit. Main Lines
  • LECTURE 12 Grischuk – Ding Liren
  • LECTURE 13 Esipenko – Korobov
  • LECTURE 14 Sarana – Gelfand
  • LECTURE 15 Meran Variation. Main Lines
  • LECTURE 16 Kasparov – Kramnik
  • LECTURE 17 Radjabov – Karjakin
  • LECTURE 18 Aronian – Karjakin
  • LECTURE 19 Anti-Meran Variation. Main Lines
  • LECTURE 20 Skatchkov – Maletin
  • LECTURE 21 Pogonina – Svane
  • LECTURE 22 Bazeev – Pourramezanali
  • LECTURE 22 Summary
  • Application of ideas – Blitz Session with NM Viktor Neustroev

About the Author:

NM Viktor Neustroev (FIDE 2211)

is a chess player and coach who won multiple regional competitions and received various awards. He has coached for many years and has had highly successful students. Viktor sees his mission in teaching chess and making his students overall much better players.