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Post  jiri on Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:22 am

Konstantin Sakaev - Complete Slav 

The Slav Defence is currently the most popular closed opening, appearing in the opening repertoire of the overwhelming majority of top class grandmasters. A competitive chess player playing 1.d4 faces the opening in almost every tournament, and for Black it can be used in just about every second game. 

Konstanin Sakaev: 

"Over a number of years I have played various different lines of the opening with both colours and analysed it both individually and in cooperation with many well-known grandmasters. Now I have decided to give the opportunity to anyone who feels like it to enter a grandmaster’s laboratory and see my professional approach to various opening lines. 

Measures have been taken lest the work should swell to enormous size. Textual annotations to variations and evaluations are not given throughout the book but only in cases where I thought it to be important and not too obvious. As for the rest, a conventional abridged evaluation system has been used. 

All noteworthy lines have been analysed in detail. Also many novelties have been introduced with enclosed analyses. At the same time many weak and inessential moves, although in some cases with a considerable praxis, have been evaluated briefly. 

I will be glad if my work turns out to be a good aid in learning the Slav Defence — an exceptionally interesting opening, rich in both strategic and tactical ideas. This book is rated for skilled chess players. The theoretical material is given as of July 2012". 

GM Glenn Flear, New in Chess Yearbook volume 105: "Sakaev has dissected standard theory and come up with many new assessments. There are countless novelties, clever concepts, and audacious ideas, all backed up with his top level judgement (..) I can assure you that whenever the Slav crops up in my thoughts, I'll be making a bee-line for the 'Complete Slav' to see what Konstatin Sakaev has in mind!" 

GM Peter Heine Nielsen: "As a coach of Vishy Anand in his last 4 World Championship wins I can say, this book gives an excellent review on the Slav, an opening often played in the WCC matches and many other top events, covered by a world class theoretician!"

The second part of the Complete Slav contains all systems that were not presented in the first part, namely a popular variation 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 and also all systems after 4...e6. Not to mention the possibilities such as 5. g3 or 5. Qb3, I have presented lines after 5. e3 Nbd7 – for starters Meran (6. Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) and Anti-Meran (6. Qc2 Bd6) lines. 

Also the variations rising after 5. Bg5 are examined deeply, namely Moscow (5... h6 Bxf6) and Anti-Moscow (5... h6 Bh4) variations as well as Botvinnik system 5... dxc4. A possibility to cover such a multitude of systems in only one book (it was possible to create even 5 tomes) occurred only because I have tried to shorten the lines almost to the bare minimum. 

There are plenty of openings books in where not the most important lines are covered – this leads to a creation of plenty unnecessary variations – the book starts to be 'wishy-washy'. 

In such situations I have decided to only describe why this or other move does not deserve to be examined deeply. Thanks to such a way of thinking this elaboration did not lose its quality and in my opinion it is even easier to find a relevant recommendation. 

All of presented variations are analyzed on the same level as those described in the first part of whole elaboration. The book covers the state of the theory for July 2013.

Konstatin Sakaev was born on April 13th 1974. International Grandmaster since 1992. During his active chess career he has been one of the top Russian players. 

Some of his best results: World Junior Champion Under 16, 1990 - World Junior Champion Under 18, 1992 - Russian Champion, 1999 - Olympiad Champion with the Russian team in 1998 and 2000 and winner of many international open tournaments. 

At the current moment, Konstatin Sakaev retired from the active chess player career. Chess writing and coaching has been his job for the last few years. With his book "Complete Slav II" Konstatin Sakaev keeps his promise and helps you become a real expert of the Slav! 

Probably the following quote describes the contents of the book best:"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary".- Vince Lombardi (legendary American Football coach).

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Re: Konstantin Sakaev - Complete Slav I II.My last post

Post  tosinovsky on Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:14 am

Awwww.. Will miss you buddy.. Thanks a milli


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Re: Konstantin Sakaev - Complete Slav I II.My last post

Post  fanofchess on Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:30 am

Please don't leave Jiri!!! We, the chess community, r greatful to you!!


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Post  bishop7 on Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:41 am

Deep analyzes


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PGN Version of Sakaev 1 & 2

Post  Guest on Tue May 01, 2018 8:00 pm

Hi guys!

Is there also a PGN version available?

Would be great!

All the best,


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