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The opponent who answers 1 e4 with an emphatic 1...c5 (The Sicilian Defence) is often looking for a fight. Such players can be highly theoretically prepared and itching to launch... Read more
The opponent who answers 1 e4 with an emphatic 1...c5 (The Sicilian Defence) is often looking for a fight. Such players can be highly theoretically prepared and itching to launch into their own pet variations after White has opted for the main lines with an early d2-d4. The Closed Sicilian is an ideal antidote to such aggression. In the Closed Sicilian an awareness of the strategies and plans is far more important than the simple memorising of variations. White's play is logical and the basic ideas are simple to master. However, do not be fooled into thinking the opening is without venom. The deliberate and slow burning attack that White often builds up has resulted in numerous fine attacking victories. ----- The Move by Move series provides an ideal format for the keen chessplayer to improve their game. While reading you are continually challenged to answer probing questions - a method that greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of chess knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn.
This is an excellent way to study chess while providing the best possible chance to retain what has been learnt. ----- * Everything you need to know about the Closed Sicilian. --- * The Q and A approach emphasizes plans and strategies. --- * Written by an expert on the opening.
Closed Sicilian Paperback edition by Carsten Hansen
International Master and chess coach Lorin D'Costa examines the popular Queen's Indian Defence. He highlights the typical plans and tactics for both sides, constructs a repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions.
Grandmaster Nigel examines the Pirc Defense and its many variations. He shares his experience and knowledge with the opening, provides repertoire options for Black and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Pirc Defense.
This is an updated and largely expanded edition of the highly acclaimed Starting Out: The Sicilian. John Emms goes back to basics, studying the fundamental principles of the Sicilian and its many variations.
John Cox presents a repertoire for Black with the ever-popular Queen's Gambit Declined. He covers the sophisticated Tartakower Variation, the easy-to-learn Lasker Variation and how to play against White's other options.
In this book Matthew Sadler shares his secrets and reveals how to incorporate unorthodox openings into your repertoire; how to study middlegame situations and how to understand what is important in the endgame.
In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala studies his favorite Fischer games. Lakdawala examines Fischer's renowned skills in attack, defense, counterattack, exploiting imbalances, dynamic elements, accumulating advantages and endgame play.
Volker Schleputz and Grandmaster John Emms offer a unique framework to study chess tactics. The reader assumes the role of a tactics detective, checking for mistakes and missed opportunities in games. This training method resembles the real board situation far more realistically than traditional chess puzzles.
The Catalan is a solid opening system in which White combines the Queen's Gambit with a kingside fianchetto. In recent years it has become an increasingly popular choice at all levels of chess, and elite grandmasters such as Vladimir Kramnik have developed major new ideas for both White and Black.
Do you like setting your opponent problems from the very first move? And are you happy to roll the dice and take some risks? Then enter the intriguing world of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit! This title takes a modern-day look at the gambit. It examines in detail the promising lines for White and the most resilient defences for Black.
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