• Club Level

    Based on variations that we expect you to see in games against non-masters.

  • Consistency

    Similar lines and themes are repeated across chapters and variations.

  • Plans

    Each line leaves you with a plan, without going too deep into the weeds.

Course curriculum

    1. Semi-Slav Marshall Gambit Repertoire Video

    1. QGD Exchange Repertoire Video

    1. Dutch Stonewall & Catalan Repertoire Video

    1. Slav Exchange Repertoire Video

About this course

  • $59.99
  • 14 lessons
  • 7 hours of video content
  • PGN Download
  • Discord support

We study openings too much. Way too much.

So why did we make an opening course? Let me explain our reasoning.

We surveyed hundreds of chess players. Those who improved the most studied openings using just 5% of their total chess time. We made this repertoire to get you to 5%.

This repertoire is a complete defense against everything except 1.e4. In just 90 lines.

There is no reason to spend hours and hours memorizing opening lines you will never see. We've all been there. Studying line 400 of a 1000+ line opening repertoire and wondering if we'll ever use it. Wondering if our time isn't spent better somewhere else.

90 Lines

We condensed everything you will see into just 90 lines. The Slav takes time to learn, but you can review it in under an hour.

Just 90 lines? Won't you miss out on essential traps, novelties and gotchyas? Yes and no.

We're going to be recommending offbeat lines. We often recommend strange looking moves that are 4th or 5th most popular. We will get white out of book before we are.

Plans

Since we have fewer lines, we focus heavily on resulting plans.

After each and every line we leave you with a plan. You will never be left in the dark. You will know the best places to put your pieces and how to navigate the middlegame.

Our recommendations are very consistent and you will see many common plans, ideas, and motifs. If you forget a repertoire move in your games-- don't worry. It will be easy to recover. You will know the ideas behind the position.

The best part? This Slav repertoire scores better than most other defenses at the club level. We'll show you exactly why.

What do you get?

You will receive a .pgn file with the entire repertoire. It has 14,000 words of instruction. You will also get over 8 hours of video. Delivered instantly to your inbox.

You will get lifetime access to our premium discord. If you have any questions, a line doesn't make sense, or you just want to hang out- join 100+ other chess improvers in our discord. You'll get clarity in minutes.

We know you'll love this course as much as we do

If you aren't satisfied with the course in the first 30 days, we will issue a full refund.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating

Best Course for Learning the Slav Defense

Sean E Brynjelsen

I used to play the Nimzo setup against d4 but switched to the Slav using the ChessGoals course. My results could not have been better! My win rate has gone up considerably and I was recently able to draw a 2200 opponent at a local tournament. Thi...

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I used to play the Nimzo setup against d4 but switched to the Slav using the ChessGoals course. My results could not have been better! My win rate has gone up considerably and I was recently able to draw a 2200 opponent at a local tournament. This opening provides a solid response to d4 with lots of little tricky moves to take your opponent out of preparation. I bought this course initially for refuting the London System, but have now adopted it for the other d4 variations. I recommend using the Chessable site to upload your lines since it provides a great way to practice anywhere (you can also edit the variations if desired). The number of variations is manageable and Matt's video explanations crystallize the concepts. Knowing why you are doing something is just as important as what you are doing!

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5 star rating

Just what I was looking for!

Filip Rawecki

Perfect to see most common opponent mistakes in addition to computer lines, this has already benefitted me to many quick wins in positions I would previously think was drawish. In situations where opponents don’t do mistakes, the course leaves you...

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Perfect to see most common opponent mistakes in addition to computer lines, this has already benefitted me to many quick wins in positions I would previously think was drawish. In situations where opponents don’t do mistakes, the course leaves you off with a rough idea in each position of what to do which is very helpful. Also, I had some questions and the coach ( Matt) was very quick to respond and explain. Would definitely recommend!

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5 star rating

Great presentation style, opening lines and plans!

Isaac Sim

I've left a similar review on another course, but I really have to complement the choice of openings, and especially the way Matt and Jesse present the course, with Jesse as the 'learner', asking Matt some questions I myself might be thinking abo...

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I've left a similar review on another course, but I really have to complement the choice of openings, and especially the way Matt and Jesse present the course, with Jesse as the 'learner', asking Matt some questions I myself might be thinking about, especially in weird looking lines. I also used one of the lines taught in the Catalan chapter in my recent tournament against a higher rated player by 200 points, and while I did not win, I got a really nice position out of the opening with winning chances (which I sadly did not capitalize on), so definitely this course is a 5/5 from me!

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Flexible and Fun

Cameron Pancner

Another reason why this opening is my favorite against 1.d4. You’ll have the options of playing a more peaceful game with a variation like the Meran or you can go for the sharp and aggressive Triangle setup recommended by this course. If you’re lo...

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Another reason why this opening is my favorite against 1.d4. You’ll have the options of playing a more peaceful game with a variation like the Meran or you can go for the sharp and aggressive Triangle setup recommended by this course. If you’re looking to take White out of their comfort zone while having a great time, this repertoire will surely help achieve that. Whether you have a positional or tactical style, this opening will help you gain a newfound perspective of dynamic play.

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Love the course so far

Stephen Lewis

I haven't finished the course, yet. There's a lot of good information so far. And, what I've played, has been a lot of fun.

I haven't finished the course, yet. There's a lot of good information so far. And, what I've played, has been a lot of fun.

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5 star rating

Great course

Aaron Elliott

I really like this Slav course. Good info, and it’s broken down to give you a solid start on this sometimes complex theory against the D4 opening.

I really like this Slav course. Good info, and it’s broken down to give you a solid start on this sometimes complex theory against the D4 opening.

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Ready to win against the solid openings?

Meet your lead instructor

Matt Jensen earned the National Master title at age 29. He's a trained Statistician and experienced chess coach. Matt's passionate about helping adult improvers reach their goals while having fun.