books presents an opening repertoire for Black to players who are not
excited by defending the dull endgames in the "Berlin Wall” variation
and who strive for initiative, counterplay and a tense fight, having in
mind the strategy of reliability defined by Tigran Petrosian.
is comprised on the principle "The best move for me – against all the
reasonable moves for the opponent.”. In some lines we analyse
alternatives for Black.
As our main weapon against 9.h3 we recommend the Zaitsev system – 9...Bb7 10.d4 Re8.
the beginning of the year 2015 the Svidler variation began to gain
popularity 9...Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 exd4 12.cxd4 Nd7, which combines
elements of the Zaitzev system and the Karpov variation 9...Nd7.
We analyse it in this book as well, as a way for Black to avoid the already famous repetition of moves 11.Ng5 Rf8 12.Nf3.