Chess Stars · 2011
Paperback · 207 pp.
GM Alexey Dreev takes a look at the highly
critical Meran and Anti-Meran variations of the
His book is divided
into two major parts. He begins with a look at
the super-sharp Meran variation,
which accounts for about two thirds of the book.
The critical tabiya is reached after the moves:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5
The rest of his work addresses the more
strategical Anti-Meran, with the bulk of the
coverage going to the position after:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2
The final chapter deals with the rarer systems:
6.Qc2, 6.Bd2, 6.Be2, 6.cd
Dreev currently sports an elo over 2700, and has
been in the top 20 in the world in numerous
FIDE rating lists in the past decade.
Coverage of a critical opening system by one
of the elite world players is a rare treat.