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The Slav and Semi-Slav Revisited

DVD-box, ChessBase, 1. edition 2010

From the series »Fritz Trainer Opening«

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Für Alexei Shirov bilden Slawisch und Halbslawisch ein großes zusammenhän­gendes Eröffnungssystem. In den Bereichen, die er für die Präsen­tation auf dieser DVD ausgewählt hat, gehört Shirov zu den absoluten Experten. Wie kaum ein anderer ist er dazu in der Lage, zu den Geheimnissen dieser soliden Eröffnung vorzudringen. Ein Schwerpunkt im ersten Teil der DVD bildet das moderne Slawisch mit 3.Sß Sf6 4.Sc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6, das von Kramnik wieder in Mode gebracht wurde. Im zweiten Teil geht es um Halbslawisch. Zu Beginn erläutert Shirov die letzten Ent­wicklungen im Shirov/Shabalov-Angriff mit 7.g4. Es folgen einige Partien mit dem ruhigerem Aufbau 6.Dc2 oder 6.Ld3, bevor das Botwinnik- System vorgestellt wird. Dieser Aufbau liegt Shirov offenbar auch persönlich, denn bei seinem großen Erfolg in Sofia 2009 bestand er damit auch gegen Carlsen und Topalov. Mit über 8,5 Stunden Gesamtspielzeit gehört diese DVD zu den umfangreichsten in der Fritz-Trainer-Reihe.

For Shirov the Slav and the Semi-Slav form one huge and common opening. Of course it is a mighty opening complex and the DVD cannot give a complete picture of it, but in the areas he chooses to highlight our author is an absolute expert and capable of giving the deepest possible insights into the secrets of this extremely solid opening. First, Shirov deals with the pure Slav. A lot of his time is spent on the modern treatment of it with 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6, which Kramnik brought back into fashion and which since then has been employed by several world class players. In the second part the author turns to the Semi-Slav. In his intro he explains the latest discoveries in the Shirov/Shabalov Attack with 7.g4. Then come some games with a quiet setup for White (6.Qc2 or 6.Bd3), before at the close he presents three games in the Botvinnik System, a setup which obviously suits Shirov since in his great success in Sofia 2009 he was able to stand fast against Carlsen and Topalov with it.

Video running time: 8 hours

Alexej Shirov was born in Riga just like world champion Mihail Tal, and also his play­ing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal. In the beginning of the 90ies, a comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest of time. Being no older than 22 years, he already had an Elo rating of nearly 2750 and belonged to the absolute elite. Since then Shirov has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.

System requirements:

  • Pentium-Processor at 300 MHz or higher
  • 64 MB RAM
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • DVD drive
  • Mouse
  • Soundcard

More Information
Weight 100 g
Manufacturer ChessBase
Medium DVD
Year of Publication 2010
Author Alexei Shirov
Series Fritz Trainer Opening
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9783866811737
Binding DVD-box
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