The Semi-Slav Defense is a variation of the Queen’s Gambit chess opening defined by the The main variation of the Semi-Slav is the Meran Variation, 6 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 (ECO codes D46 . Chess Explained: The Meran Semi-Slav. Gambit. Gambit Chess publication: Chess Explained: the Meran Semi-Slav – Reinaldo Vera. There’s decent coverage in Chess Explained: The Meran Semi-Slav. clunney Chess Explained: The Meran SemiSlav by Vera covers everything after 5 e3.

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Belying its solid classical appearance, the Semi-Slav is one of Black’s most aggressive responses when White opens with the queen’s pawn.

Chess Explained: The Meran Semi Slav

Andrew Gripp rated it really liked it Jul 06, The Meran is its traditional main line, and often leads to chaotic positions of immense strategic and tactical richness. This line is extremely complicated, with theory stretching past move thirty in some variations.

Black is threatening to capture the white pawn on c4, and hold it with b7—b5. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Preview — Chess Explained by Reinaldo Vera. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Belying its solid classical appearance, the Semi-Slav is one of Black’s most aggressive responses when White opens with the queen’s pawn. Bd3, Karpov first played 7. Possible replies include Donald marked it as to-read Apr 19, dxplained Reinaldo Vera comes from Cuba and has been a grandmaster since Bb4, have become sidelines in modern play.


As with so many opening systems the move order is very flexible in the first few moves, and the author examines various move orders, explaining the nuances of each, and pointing out possible transpositions to other openings” – Alan Sutton, En Passant “Vera is a great expert on the Meran who played it for many years before it reached its present level of popularity and it shows in his ability to understand what is most significant and what can be left out Bb4, introduced by the Italian master Max Romihand While you will not know all the semi-lsav in the various lines, this book ably provides the reader with all the knowledge he or she needs in order to understand the theory and the essential aspects of the positions that arise during play.

In return expained the pawn, White receives a lead in development and a strong initiative.

Chess Explained: The Meran Semi Slav

Open Preview See a Problem? The main line of the Botvinnik now continues 7.

Trivia About Chess Explained: The idea is to wait for Black to commit to This dynamic line, which is characteristic of the modern game, has been played by many strong grandmasters, with the theoretical verdict remaining inconclusive.


Excellent introduction to these openings for intermediate players. The Moscow Variation Seni-slav to Book Page.

Chess Explained: the Meran Semi-Slav by Reinaldo Vera

Another increasingly common gambit line used in the Anti-Meran is the sharp 7. Thaddeus rated it really liked it Feb 06, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Black can also play Qc2once a sideline, this move exploded in popularity in the s, in large part due to Anatoly Karpov ‘s advocacy.

This book is excellent. Be7, which has the same drawback as after 5.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book. White can avoid this in a number of ways.

Chess Explained: the Meran Semi-Slav

Paul rated it liked it Aug 24, Bb7, which has been dubbed the “improved Meran”. Bb3 less common alternatives. It is as if you were sitting at the board cness a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have. Books by Reinaldo Vera.