Complete Slav II
Covers: The Main-Line, Meran, Botvinnik variation and much more
by Konstantin Sakaev
Publisher: Chess Evolution, 2013
Edition: Paperback medium
The second part of the Complete Slav contains all systems that were not presented in the first part, namely a popular variation 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 and also all systems after 4...e6.
Not to mention the possibilities such as 5. g3 or 5. Qb3, I have presented lines after 5. e3 Nbd7 – for starters Meran (6. Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) and Anti-Meran (6. Qc2 Bd6) lines.
Also the variations rising after 5. Bg5 are examined deeply, namely Moscow (5... h6 Bxf6) and Anti-Moscow (5... h6 Bh4) variations as well as Botvinnik system 5... dxc4. A possibility to cover such a multitude of systems in only one book (it was possible to create even 5 tomes) occurred only because I have tried to shorten the lines almost to the bare minimum.
There are plenty of openings books in where not the most important lines are covered – this leads to a creation of plenty unnecessary variations – the book starts to be `wishy-washy´.
In such situations I have decided to only describe why this or other move does not deserve to be examined deeply. Thanks to such a way of thinking this elaboration did not lose its quality and in my opinion it is even easier to find a relevant recommendation.
All of presented variations are analyzed on the same level as those described in the first part of whole elaboration. The book covers the state of the theory for July 2013.
Konstatin Sakaev, born on April 13th 1974. International Grandmaster since 1992. In his active chess career he has been one of the Top Russian players.
Few of his best results: World Junior Champion Under 16, 1990 - World Junior Champion Under 18, 1992 - Russian Champion, 1999 - Olympiad Champion with the Russian team in 1998 and 2000 and winner of many international open tournaments.
At the current moment, Konstatin Sakaev retired from the active chess player career. Book writing and giving chess training is his job of the last years. With his book "Complete Slav II" Konstatin Sakaev accomplish his promise and making a real Slav expert out of you!
Probably the following quote fits best to what you will find inside the book:"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary''.- Vince Lombardi (legendary American Football coach).
Praise for 'Complete Slav I'
Glenn Flear, New in Chess Yearbook volume 105:
"Sakaev has dissected standard theory and come up with many new assessments. There are countless novelties, clever concepts, and audacious ideas, all backed up with his top level judgement (..) I can assure you that whenever the Slav crops up in my thoughts, I'll be making a bee-line for the 'Complete Slav' to see what Konstatin Sakaev has in mind!"
Peter Heine Nielsen:
"As a coach of Vishy Anand in his last 4 World Championship wins I can say, this book gives an excellent review on the Slav, an opening often played in the WCC matches and many other Top events, covered by a world class theoretician!"