Scherbakov, the triangle system

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Noteboom, Marshall Gambit and other Semi-Slav triangle lines
448 S., kart., 2012

Grandmaster Ruslan Scherbakov presents an opening system for Black based on the Semi-Slav Triangle - an ambitious way to fight the ever-popular Queen's Gambit. Black's weapons include the Noteboom Variation - a dynamic counterattack which takes White out of his comfort zone and offers Black the chance to dictate the game from the outset. Scherbakov also examines options for Black against the aggressive Semi-Slav Marshall Gambit, as well as White's quieter tries such as the Exchange Variation, various defences of the c4-pawn and the Catalan approach. Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening.

  • Written by a renowned Semi-Slav Triangle expert
  • Packed with new ideas and critical analysis
  • Explains typical plans and tactics for both sides
Part One: The Noteboom Variation
  1   5.e4
  2   5.Bg5
  3   White Plays an Early g2-g3
  4   4.a4 Bb4: Various Deviations
  5   On the Road to the Main Line
  6   8.axb5: Introduction and 11.d5
  7   Appraoching the Main Line
  8   The Main Line with Qc2
  9   The Main Line with 15.Nd2
10   The Main Line with 15.Re1
Part Two: The Marshall Gambit
11   4...Bb4 and Other Deviations
12   4...dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8.Ne2
13   8.Be2: Various 8th Moves
14   8.Be2 c5
15   8.Be2 Na6 9.Bd6
16   8.Be2 Na6 9.Bc3
17   8.Be2 Na6 9.Ba5!?
Part Three: Anti-Triangle Systems
18   The Triangle Stonewall
19   3.Nf3 c6 4.Nbd2
20   3.Nf3 c6 4.Qc2
21   3.Nf3 c6 4.Qb3
23   White doesn't Protect c4
        Index of Variations
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