For Shirov, the Slav Defense and the Semi-Slav Defense 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 Defense. 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 Defense. 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.
About the Author:
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.
At the beginning of the 90s, 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.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.