An insider's view.
The Moscow variation of the Semi-Slav Defence is introduced by the moves 1.d4,d5; 2.c4,c6; 3.Nf3,Nf6; 4.Nc3,e6; 5.Bg5,h6; 6.Bxf6;Qxf6; whilst in the anti-Moscow system White plays 6.Bh4,dxc4; 7.e4, allowing 7..g5; 8.Bg3,b5; when Black has an extra pawn in a very complicated position. The author is an expert in both these systems, having played the Black side of them many times, and here he offers an up-to-date analysis of the key lines of play as well as an explanation of standard plans and ideas for both sides. He includes numerous theoretical novelties and new recommendations which need testing in practical play.
Alexey Dreev is a Russian Grandmaster who has been twice World Junior Champion, three times Olympic gold medalist and winner of numerous international tournaments.
Published 2010, softback, 212 pages.View sample pages (pdf)