Hovedlinjen i slavisk er en av de viktigste slagmarkene i moderne sjakk, med tilhenger på alle nivåer.
Det er notorisk vanskelig for hvit å bevise noen fordel mot sorts solide oppsett, mens symetriens mangel på plass gir mulighet for kreative spillere til å skaffe vinnende fordel med en begge farger.
Denne boken omhandler alle hovedlinjer etter trekkene 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Sf3 Sf6 4 Sc3 dxc4.
Det er mange strategiske retninger spillet kan ta: noen ganger er sentrum åpnet og taktikken dominerer, mens i andre partier blir sentrum stengt av, og forblir dynamisk og strategisk langt inn i midtspillet.
Vigorito tar for seg de viktigste temaene og nyansene i åpningen, og plasserer dem i sammenheng i partiene, og sørger for at leseren blir kjent med ressursene i stillingen, og forstår når de skal benyttes.
Chess Explained er en bokserie om sjakkåpninger. De er ikke teoretiske arbeider i tradisjonell forstand, men mer en serie leksjoner fra en sjakkekspert med omfattende erfaring med en åpning.
Du vil få en forståelse av åpningen og midtspillet som kommer, slik at du kan finne de riktige trekkene og planene. Disse bøkene er som om du sitter med en sjakktrener som besvarer dine spørsmål om åpningen, både sort og hvits planer, ideene bak trekkene og hva du må kunne for å spille åpningen.
Fra forlagets beskrivelse av boken (engelsk):
«It is important to remember that the point of the book (of the ‘Chess Explained’ series as a whole actually) is to provide the reader with a fundamental overview of the opening, to set in place the ideas, principles, and foundations for further learning. Where this is concerned, IM Vigorito does extremely well. He writes more than competently, and with authority on his subject. In the games I examined, I found a nice balance between verbal commentary and variation analysis. Though experienced with the Slav, I found his conclusions and advice objective and with a wish to respect individual choice and tastes. I myself find this very important in a chess book, especially when it concerns an opening.» – John Lee Shaw, johnleeshawonline.blogspot.com
«Vigorito, now established as a first-class writer, has an amazing ability to include what seems like every important variation and all the key subvariations into one of Gambit’s Chess Explained series (112 pages), and include a lot of valuable original analysis. On top of that, Vigorito has the knowledge and experience to locate the truly important lines and games in a variation and weed out the ones that have lost their significance (or have never had any).» – IM John Watson, The Week in Chess
«…explains the dynamics of a very tricky opening and the middlegame to which it leads.» – Carl Portman, Defence Focus
«For players who want to get to know this opening this book is a good choice.» – Frank Große, www.schachlinks.com
«…the Main Line Slav has been played by an impressive list of World Champions as well as most of today’s top grandmasters, which makes the theory of this opening an area of constant motion and developments. It is also an opening where a solid understanding of the pawn structures and piece-play will be the main factor in the success of any player who takes on this opening. … As an introductory work to the Main Line Slav, this book is an excellent place to start» – Carsten Hansen, www.chesscafe.com
«…comprehensive overview of recent developments in the main variation of the Slav» – E Carl, Rochade Europa
«I recommend the book personally because of the abundance of analysis and suggestions, nearly indispensable as a first step for setting up a super-solid opening repertoire.» – Martin Rieger, www.freechess.info
«This handy book contains from my point of view everything that one must know to play the Slav, especially the main lines» – Uwe Bekemann, BdF (www.bdf-fernschachbund.de)
«Something I like about Vigorito is that he’s top notch at pointing the reader to positions he thinks will be important for future games. He always gives clear explanations and evaluations making it easy for the reader to get to grips with the material. Reading this book will prove very rewarding for players wanting to get to grips with mainline Slav positions for either White or Black!» – GM-elect Stephen Gordon, 3Cs Chess
«Vigorito does a good job of weighting what is important and topical. This explains why the 5…Bf5 Slav gets over two thirds of the book devoted to it with particular attention given to the most challenging variation – 6.Ne5. … [The book] explains this rock-solid and highly popular defense with a wide brush and rarely gets involved in long variations, but that doesn’t stop Vigorito from throwing out nuggets.» – IM John Donaldson, Chess Today
«I like his writing style and genuinely felt I understood The Slav better after studying this book. In my opinion this is one of the best of the ‘Chess Explained’ range and one which club players should find very useful and instructive.» – Sean Marsh, marshtowers.blogspot.com
«This book is certainly worth every penny you pay for it!» – John Elburg, chessbooks.nl
«I found the introductory comments to each chapter … readily comprehensible and provided enough initial information to get an immediate idea of what both Black and White are trying to achieve. Then in playing through the games I was struck by the high proportion of explanatory text … [the author has] tried to stick to the ethos of the series in not giving too many side-lines and variations, though of course it is impossible to annotate games without looking at alternative variations at some point. … high marks for sticking to the task in hand. … highly readable and informative … an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a new defence to 1 d4.» – Alan Sutton, En Passant
«…a broad overview of a very complex system and fulfils its function very well» – John Saunders, BCM