The Semi-Slav defense (1.d4 d5 followed by ...e7-e6 and ...c7-c6) is one of the most popular opening set-ups for Black. Black can follow two entirely different concepts. One includes an early ...Ng8-f6 and leads to a number of popular and deeply analysed systems: the Meran, the Anti-Meran, the Botvinnik, the Moscow, the Anti- Moscow, the Westphalian, etc. The other, in which Black refrains from ...Ng8-f6 at an early stage, is presented by GM Michal Krasenkow on this DVD. Black keeps a choice between two double-edged interesting systems: the Noteboom variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4) and the Stonewall (...f7-f5) if White plays an early e2-e3. Of course Black’s decision to refrain from an early ...Ng8-f6 gives White other options, the most important being the Slav gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 etc.). Therefore Black’s set-up may lead to a whole range of different and interesting positions, which help the black player to broaden his strategic and tactical understanding. This makes the Noteboom/Stonewall opening repertoire a particularly good choice for young, aspiring players.
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If White continues from the diagram with 6.Bd3, 6...dxc4 leads to the Meran Variation, which gets its name from the game Grünfeld – Rubinstein in the 1924 Meran Tournament. Black gives up the strong point on d5 in the centre, to develop his queenside as quickly as possible with moves like...b5, ...a6, ...Bb7 and ...c5. The basic position arises after 6.Bd3 dxc4 with the move order 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 (8...Bb7 is an alternative) 9.e4 c5=> More products: Semi-Slav Defence
All in all I admire the effort Michal Krasenkov put into this DVD which indeed is very close to offer Black a complete, easy to learn, solid and accessible defense against 1.d4
• Video running time: 5 hours 29 minutes
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