The book presents a Black repertoire with 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6, based on the most aggressive Sveshnikov lines.
It also covers The Rossolimo (3 Bb5) and Alapin (3 c3). It's written by GM Atanas Kolev (author of the hugely popular "The Sharpest Sicilian") and young Macedonian GM Trajko Nedev who acted as his sparring partner.
The material is up-to-date to April 10th 2008. The authors propose major novelties in practically all topical lines. The repertoire avoids solid, but passive variations. They are left for backup lines while the authors' recommendation goes for the most challenging options.
The presentation of the book follows the Chess Stars trademark structure. Every system is examined in a seperate part which contains three chapters: "Quick Repertoire"; "Step by Step"; "Complete Games".
pages 8-43: Rossolimo Variation with 3.Bb5 Nf6
44-114: Sveshnikov Variation, "Positional Variation" 9.Nd5
115-177: Sveshnikov Variation, Main Line 9.Bxf6 and 10.Nd5
178-192: Sveshnikov Variation, 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5
193-215: Sveshnikov Variation, Side Variations
216-222: Alapin Variation 2...Nc6 3.c3
223-240: Sveshnikov Variation, Novosibirsk Variation 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Bg7!? ("back up variation")
From the foreword by GM Atanas Kolev:
"Currently I do not see any serious theoretical problems for Black (...) I realised how easy it was to include the Sveshnikov in one's repertoire!"
"I worked hard to neutralise two fresh ideas of Khalifman and Anand, and hope our improvements will withstand the practical test."
"My aim was not so much to offer a survival guide for black, but rather pick out variations that lead to rich and double-edged play, with decent winning chances for him."