The Slav can lead to very interesting end games.
After 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.O-O The Opening move 8...Ne4
is not recommended in this type of Slav because of the Gambit move 9.Bd3. Can you see why?
But black can sometime fight back to equality as is here.
After move 37. f6 Black no longer cares if the rooks are exchanged. This is normally
a No No when you are a pawn down in Rook an Pawn endings. Can you tell why?
The game from this point went like this. But Why?
Hint: It has to do with the need for opposition you learned in your first lesson on K vs K and Pawn endings.
|White to move then Black wins
Hint: White never has to worry about the below mirror position occurring. It would be a Stalemate.
|White to move Stalemate
You can click through the whole game below
[Date "2004.3.24"][White "Chessmaster"][Black "Bradley Zang"][TimeControl "30 sec per move"][Result "Draw"]
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.O-O Ne4 9.Bd3 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nxc3 11.Qc2 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nd5
13.e4 Ne7 14.Rb1 b6 15.Qa3 a5 16.Bf4 Na6 17.Rfc1 Nb4 18.Bd2 O-O 19.Bxb4 axb4 20.Qxb4 Rb8 21.Ne5 Qc7 22.Nc4 c5 23.Nxb6 cxb4
24.Rxc7 Rxb6 25.a5 Ra6 26.Rxe7 Rxa5 27.Rb7 Ra4 28.R7xb4 Rxb4 29.Rxb4 Rd8 30.f4 Kf8 31.Kf2 Rd7 32.Ke3 Ke7 33.f5 exf5 34.exf5
Kd6 35.Rb6+ Kd5 36.Rb5+ Kd6 37.f6 g6 38.g4 h6 39.Ke4 Kc6 40.Rc5+ Kd6 41.Rd5+ Kc6 42.Rxd7 Kxd7 43.Kd5 Kc7 44.h4 Kd7 45.Kc5
Kc7 46.d5 Kd7 47.g5 h5 48.Kb5 Kc7 49.Ka6 Kd6 50.Kb6 Kd7 51.Kc5 Kc7 52.Kd4 Kd6 53.Kc4 Kd7 54.Kc3 Kd6 55.Kd4 Kd7 56.Ke5 Kc7
57.Kf4 Kd6 58.Ke4 Kd7 59.d6 Kxd6 60.Kd4 Kc6 61.Ke5 Kc5 62.Kf4 Kd4 63.Kf3 Kd3 64.Kf4 Kd4 65.Kf3 Kd3 66.Kf4 Kd4 *