Item description for The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan: A Popular Chess Opening Explained by a Top Player by Victor Bologan & Alexey Shirov...
The Chebanenko Slav is a very popular chess opening. This topical line is played by professional grandmasters, but also at club level. This book explains the origins, the basic plans and the ideas in this system. It brings the knowledge up to date and teaches the best methods for both Black and White. It is written by a world-class player in a very accessible style and contains many tips, tests and tools. Praise for previous books by Victor Bologan His tales are fascinating, the games are sharp and full of beautiful ideas, his notes are top notch, and his desire to share his understanding of chess with the reader is moving and heartfelt. (Jeremy Silman, author of How to Reassess Your Chess)
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jun 25, 2008
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056912461 ISBN13 9789056912468
Reviews - What do customers think about The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan: A Popular Chess Opening Explained by a Top Player?
Chebanenko is ok Nov 27, 2008
I mostly play a nimzo against d4 and want to widen my repertoire. That said, the opening moves aren't all that unfamiliar. Bologan gives plenty of middlegame ideas, and that is where the strength of this book lies. The variations index at the back is a good idea. A very minor quibble - the full move descriptors, eg 1 d2-d4 d7-d5, really looked out of place in the early part of chapter one but then (fortunately) it reverted to the shorter move descriptions for the rest.
A previous reviewer lamented the time it would take to set variations up on a board or computer. I use the 'chunking' approach, breaking it up into manageable parts, and adding in games from TWIC just dealing with the line under review. Following the nested variations does take a bit of time.
For now the opening looks fairly solid if a little dull. That is a first impression. I'll have to give it some time.
Horribly disjointed and hard to read Nov 22, 2008
I bought this book because Silman said his explanations were "moving and heartfelt" (and I wanted to learn the a6 Slav). This is the LAST time I will buy a book based on Silman's recommendation without first looking at it!
As a 1600-1700 level player, I appreciate both prose explanations and analysis. While the historical first chapter was interesting, the heart of the book is extremely disjointed and hard to follow. It is impossible to play over the games and follow the main line with a chessboard. I just spent hours inputting the moves into a computer so I could play over it without having to skip back and forth over pages to pick up a line (only 1 chapter and I'm exhausted). Even then it was hard to avoid confusion. Explanations of ideas are decent, ie in last chapter he says Black should aim for e5 and through the examples it is clear that b6 is also played - but he doesn't give the really useful guidance as to when e5 is better or b6 is better and why. I trust Bologan's assessments since he's a very strong GM, but it's hard to read this book.