The Meran Variation in the Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) is a s trategically and dynamically complex opening full of tactical possibilities. And this DVD provides you with a comprehensive overview of typical tactical patterns for both sides. Positional concepts are also explained. White often tries to exploit his lead in development by going for a quick assault against the black king, no ma tter where it resides! Black hopes to survive White’s aggression and to counterattack in the centre, and this clash of plans leads to double-edged and tactical positions. In interactive format IM Robert Ris offers you a lot of exercises, including hints and advice that help you to know key tactical patterns of this variation to play it with success. The DVD is a must for those who want to learn more about this opening, and a pleasure for those who enjoy razor sharp battles of the world’s greatest players!
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.
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
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