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Play the Semi-Slav

Vigorito David

The Semi-Slav is one track to becoming the most popular opening on top level after 1.d4 in the same way that the Marshall Attack is the most popular opening after 1.e4. In this book American IM and theoretical expert David Vigorito gives a full repertoire for black with many possibilites to vary.

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The Semi-Slav is one of the most popular chess openings that Black can play against 1.d4. The Semi-Slav is both sound and ambitious, which makes it a favourite of the chess elite.
This book provides expert guidance on how to play this exciting variation.
The author clearly explains which lines he recommends for Black and even offers a choice of replies against the main lines.

· Expert guidance on a popular chess opening.
· An exciting and sound repertoire for Black
· Learn to use the methods of today`s top chess players
· Clear explanations of standard plans
· Original analysis with many improvements

David Vigorito is an International Master from Massachusetts, USA, who is respected for his opening expertise. This is his second book for Quality Chess.


Part I - The Moscow Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6
1. Main Lines with 7.e3
2. Early Deviations 7.Qb3; 7.Qc2; 7.g3
3. The Anti-Moscow Gambit 6.Bh4

Part II - The Botvinnik Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4
4. Main Line 16.Rb1
5. Main Line 16.Na4
6. White Plays 9.exf6
7. Early Deviations 6.e4 b5 7.a4; 6.a4; 6.e3

Part III - The Meran Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5
8. Wade Variation 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5
9. Reynolds Variation 9.0-0 a6 10.e4 c5 11.d5
10. Early Deviations 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 b4; 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.a3; 8.Bb3; 8.Be2

Part IV - The 6.Qc2 Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6
11. Positional Treatments 7.e4; 7.b3; 7.Be2; 7.Bd3; 7.Bd2
12. The Latvian Variation 7.g4

Part V - White Avoids the Main Lines
13. Exchange Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5
14. Slow Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5
15. Odds and Ends 4.Qc2; 5.Qb3; 5.g3; 5.cxd5 http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Semi-Slav-excerpt.pdf

  • Casa editrice Quality Chess
  • Code 5788
  • Anno 2008
  • Pagine p. 280
  • Isbn 9789185779017