Item description for Play the Semi-slav by David Vigorito...
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.
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Studio: Quality Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 2008
Publisher Quality Chess
ISBN 9185779016 ISBN13 9789185779017
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Vigorito does it again! Apr 29, 2008
Following on the heels of his extremely well written and researched book on the Qc2 Nimzo Indian, Vigorito has done what may seem like an impossible task: taking the mammoth theory and practice of the Semi-Slav and distilling it into a workable repertoire. Take that statement with a grain of salt, please: this is not an easy book. The Semi-Slav is not an easy opening. On the contrary, it's perhaps the most complicated and theoretical queen pawn defense available to black. However, Vigorito's treatment renders the theory workable and enjoyable. Did I mention he provides multiple lines to play against most of white's options? That's right, not only is the Moscow deeply covered (including the ultra-topical Anti-Moscow Gambit), but my favorite line in chess, the Botvinnik, is also thoroughly explored. I can't say enough about the original analysis and re-assessments of various lines. I have wanted to play this opening for years, but there is so much information that it has been almost impossible for a non professional to do so until now. Another huge success for Vigorito and Quality Chess, which has quickly taken it's place with Gambit and Everyman as leaders in chess publishing (Frankly, Quality Chess's offerings have surpassed both those esteemed publishers in my opinion. Especially recommended are Marin's two volumes on the open games. A better source could not be found on that material). If Mr. Vigorito happens to read this, congratulations and thanks for a truly excellent and monumental work that will set the standard in repertoire books for years to come. I could not be happier with it.
Dynamite Semi-Slav Repertoire Book Apr 16, 2008
The author provides a thoroughly researched repertoire for the popular Semi-Slav Defense. The Bibliography includes every recent book on the Semi-Slav, as well as Chess Informant, New In Chess, and several databases. The analysis has been computer-checked.
Against 5Bg5, the first 3 chapters cover the fashionable 5...h6, while chapters 4-7 provide extremely detailed analysis of the out-of-favor Botvinnik Variation 5...dc. Reading these chapters helped me understand why it is out-of-favor, but the author does include some suggested lines for any brave soul who dares to play it.
Chapters 8-10 cover the Meran Variation. Only 8Bd3 Bb7 is covered, 8Bd3 a6 is not. I found the analysis of 8Be2 and 8Bd3 Bb7 9a3, both used in the Kramnik-Topalov match, to be particulary illuminating. The main repertoire choice is the very theoretical Reynolds Variation (8Bd3 Bb7 9O-O a6), but the author includes a simpler alternative in 9...b4.
Chapter 11-12 cover the 6Qc2 variation. Against 7g4, both 7...Bb4 and 7...h6 are given thorough coverage.
Chapters 13-15 cover the Exchange Slav, the "Slow Slav" (4e3 Bf5), and various less common alternatives for White.
The book is divided into 50 complete games within 15 chapters. Each game, as well as each chapter, ends with a "Conclusions" section that sums up the key recommendations. I really like this feature. I know I will never be able to remember all the details, but I may be able to recall the "Conclusions" during the heat of battle.
The author does far more than list variations. The book is replete with useful explanatory comments. I also appreciate the many references to games from American tournaments.
This book is a must for any serious player who plays either side of the Semi-Slav. Even if you don't play the Semi-Slav, it is a useful reference work for following games of the top GMs in this popular opening.