The Semi-Slav Defence ( 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 e6) has been one of Black's most reliable defences to the queen's pawn since the 1920s, having withstood decades of scrutiny at the highest level.
Nowadays it is very popular at grandmaster level (it is used regularly by such imaginative players as Shirov and Kramnik) as well as with club and tournament players.
Matthew Sadler explains the strategy and tactics of this dynamic opening. Through the use of model games for both sides, the author provides a thorough grounding in the key ideas, so that readers can quickly and confidently start to use the Semi-Slav in their own games.
- Written by a leading expert on the Semi-Slav
- Explains the basic elements, strategies and tactics for both sides
- Offers an accessible, digestible blend of explanatory and theoretical material
- Provides everything you need to know to start playing the opening straight away