The Slav Defense to the Queen’s Gambit has always had a solid reputation, dating right back to the days of Lasker, Alekhine, and Capablanca, but it’s only in the last 15 years that the popularity of the opening has really taken off at all levels.
Naturally, Slav set-ups and ideas can also be used again the other Flank openings (1.Nf3, 1.c4, 1.b3 etc.) and so by learning the Slav, in a way you are learning a universal approach.
Coming to this DVD, we will find ideas for Black that can be used by amateur and professional alike, predominantly featuring the trendy new approach to Black’s armory involving a very early …a7-a6.
The …a6 Slav offers Black solidity, dynamism, and variety couched in an easy-to-understand setting.
Perhaps this is why Grandmasters of the caliber of Kasparov, Shirov, Morozevich, Bologan, and Dreev, among many, have all used the opening with success and continue to do so!
The Slav with an early …a6 remains as solid and as flexible in 2010 as it ever was. If anything, the reputation of this line has been enhanced since the original DVD was produced.
In this modern update, Andrew Martin considers nine, new, interesting and important games. Most of these involve strong grandmasters who capably demonstrate that the Modern Slav is one of Black’s best defenses to 1.d4.
About the Author:
Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master.
Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his title as international master in1984.
He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.
Andrew Martin is a chess columnist, an author of chess books and the author of various instructional videos. He was the publisher of the series Trends Publications.
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