The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations - An Insider's View - by Alexey Dreev
Publisher: Chess Stars, 2010
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978- 954-8782-74-6
Dreev is a leading expert on opening theory. The Moscow Variation and the
Anti-Moscow Gambit are his “trademark” systems.
Alexey Dreev: "The positions arising in the Moscow variation and the Anti-Moscow variation are in principle so different that I have decided to arrange the material in the two parts of the book in different fashion too.
The part of the book, which deals with the analysis of the plans and possibilities in the much calmer Moscow variation can be compared to a thorough guide of the series “street by street”.
The positions in the Anti-Moscow variation are much more dynamic and complicated and the task to analyze absolutely all the situations is presently impossible. Still, I have tried to deal with practically all really important variations.
The most fashionable positions have been extensively analyzed and I have given some recommendations, which have not been tested in practice yet (..)
The Moscow variation and the Anti-Moscow variation are an integral part of the opening armour of practically all the best chess players in the world (Some of them even play it for both sides...).
Among the super-experts who play it with Black, it would be sufficient to name Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Levon Aronian, Peter Leko, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin and they all have contributed considerably to the development of its theory.
The players who have set the standard of fashion in its development for White are Vladimir Kramnik, Magnus Carlsen, Veselin Topalov, Ruslan Ponomariov,Alexander Khalifman, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, (..) etc.
Garry Kasparov has contributed immensely to the theory of both systems.
The author of this book has been playing both variations with Black for many years, including at the very top-level and often quite successfully. The results of my analyses (..), as well as my calculations during the games have laid the foundation of this book.
I hope that it will be useful for the chess players at all levels, even for these who just begin to study the theory of the opening (The book deals thoroughly with the standard plans and ideas for both sides on the basis of general chess principles and common sense) (..)
The professional chess players (..) will find this book helpful, since there are numerous extensive analyses of the most fashionable lines. I also believe that my numerous theoretical novelties and recommendations will be quite useful for all the readers in their practical games (..)"
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6
1 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Bb4+
5 7.g3 Nd7 8.Bg2 dxc4
6 7.e3 Nd7 8.a3
7 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Bd6
8 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6
9 7.e3 g6
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5
2 9.Be2 Nbd7 10.d5
3 9.Be2 Bb7 10.e5
4 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 b4
5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 h5
6 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 Rg8; 11...Nbd7
7 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5
Index of Variations
Alexey Dreev is one of the most popular contemporary Russian grandmasters . He was twice World junior champion (under16) in 1983 and 1984, European champion under 20 in 1988.
Dreev is the winner of many international tournaments. With the Russian team, he was three times Olympic gold medalist and once he got silver, he also won two times the World team championship - in 1997 and 2005.
Alexey is also a renown chess author. His previous book, My One Hundred Best Games, was selected in the short list of the English Chess Federation Book of the Year 2007 contest.