2. c4 e63. Nc3 Nf64. Nf3 c6 The idea behind the Semi-Slav Defense is to play dxc4 and then protect it with b5 which after themove c6 is now protected from the knight. Black's pawn structure in the Semi-Slav tends to berather solid although white is always trying to undermine it. Just glancing at it you will notice thedefined pawn barrier with the pawns c6, d5, and e6. The Semi-Slav Defense is a good openingchoice, especially for players that like to win a pawn and then sit on it until the endgame. 3) French Defense: Fort Knox Variation1. e4 e62. d4 d53. Nc3 dxe44. Nxe4 Bd75. Nf3 Bc6 You can tell that the Fort Knox Variation is solid just by hearing its name. It has all of the perks ofthe French Defense but without the eternal headache of the bishop on c8. Instead of having todeal with the development of the terrible bishop later on, black chooses to spend two tempimoving the bishop to the more productive c6 square. There are no weaknesses in black's positionand white's lead in development means absolutely nothing so long as black doesn't waste anytime. This is why the Fort Knox Variation comes in at number three. 2) Colle System1. d4 d52. Nf3 Nf63. e3 e64.Bd3 c55. c3 The Colle System is one of those openings that are very solid if your opponent plays into thesystem. Black can avoid this opening all together by playing g6 instead of e6 at move three andopt to go into a King's Indian formation. I have to say that this is a very fun opening to playbecause it is for players of all styles. Some may argue with me about that but this is so solid, justby glancing at it really, and yet some tactical brilliancies have come out of this opening. 1) Dutch Defense: Stonewall Variation1. d4 f52. c4 e63. Nf3 e64. g3 d55. Bg2 c66. 0-0 Bd6 The Stonewall Variation is the pinnacle of solid chess openings. Black's pawn structure on c6, d5,e6, and f5 is very rigid and so it is a double edge. On one hand, if black can manage to get c8bishop active, which tends to be easier said than done, then white has a long road to getting a win.