This book presents an opening repertoire which is aimed at players in black. It offers an alternative perspective to players who are not finding pleasure in the standard variations. Chess players who are not content simply to defend boring finishes which arise on the basis of the Berlin Wall variation.
Through the lines analyzed the reader will be taught how to pursue the initiative by playing with black. He will be taught how to look for the counter-play, the sharp and intense tactical play. And all this with the strategic credibility defined by the one and only Tigran Petrosian always in mind.
The reader will learn how to always look for the best move. It consists of the principle “The best move for me – against all reasonable moves for the opponent”. In some lines various alternative reliable solutions for black are also analyzed.
GM Evgeniy Solozhenkin’s book is practically divided into six chapters which offer the reader a wealth of ideas and knowledge. All chapters are based on the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3Nc6 3.Bb5 a6. From then on, each chapter analyses Black’s variations according to White’s options.
In the first chapter we find the exchange variation 4.Bxc6 dxc6 and White’s answers after the exchange. The second presents all of White’s fifth moves after 4.Ba4 Nf6.
The third shows all of White’s sixth move options after 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7. In the fourth chapter the closed line 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 is discussed in detail. This brings us finally to the last two chapters in which the Zaitsev system is encountered. Learning the Zaitsev variation will improve the reader’s understanding of chess in general, by studying and understanding both the means and the finishes which result!
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