The Meran & Anti Meran Variations - Alexey Dreev

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Preface ...07

The Meran Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5

1 8.Bb3; 8.Be2 ...11
2 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.a3 ...22The Classical System
8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 a6 10.e4 c5 11.d5 Qc7

3 12.Qe2 c4 13.Bc2 Bd6 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Ng5 ...31
4 12.Qe2 c4 13.Bc2 Bd6 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Nd4 ...36
5 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 c4 14.Ng5 ...42
6 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 c4 14.Nd4 ...52
The Dreev-Filipenko Variation
7 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 Bd6 14.Ng5 Nf8 15.f4 0-0-0 16.Qe1 ...63
8 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 Bd6 14.Ng5 Nf8 15.f4 0-0-0 16.Qe2 ...74The Modern System
8.Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd7

9 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Nxc5 Bxc5 ...83
10 12.0-0 cxd4 13.Nxd4 ...96
11 12.0-0 cxd4 13.Re1 g6 ...107
12 12.0-0 cxd4 13.Re1 Be7 ...123

The Anti-Meran Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 The System 6...b6
1 7.a3, 7.Rb1, 7.e4, 7.Bd2, 7.cxd5 ...133
2 7.Be2 ...148
3 7.Bd3 ...154The System 6...Bd6
4 7.a3, 7.e4, 7.Bd2 ...158
5 7.b3 0-0 8.Bd3; 8.Bb2 ...165
6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 a6 ...170
7 7.Be2 0-0 8.b3 ...184
8 7.g4 h6 ...193

Rare Lines
9 6.a3, 6.Bd2, 6.cxd5, 6.Be2, 6.a3 ...202Alexey Dreev is one of the most popular contemporary Russian grandmasters. He was twice World junior champion (under 16) in 1983 and 1984, silver medalist under 20 in 1984. European champion under 20 in 1988.Dreev is the winner of many international tournaments. With the Russian team, he was three times Olympic gold medalist and once he got silver, he also won two times the World championship - in 1997 and 2005. Dreev is a leading expert on opening theory and renown chess author. His previous books published by Chess Stars, are My One Hundred Best Games and The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations.

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