By John Watson

ISBN-10: 1906454302

ISBN-13: 9781906454302

Such has been the approval for John Watson's ground-breaking works on sleek chess procedure and his insightful commencing books, that it is just traditional that he now provides a strategic beginning repertoire.

It is the chess-player's holy grail: a versatile repertoire that provides competitors genuine difficulties yet doesn't require lots of memorization or continuous examine of ever-changing grandmaster concept. whereas this e-book can't particularly promise all of that, Watson deals an interesting collection of traces that provide big scope for over-the-board creativity and will by no means result in a lifeless draw.

The repertoire relies on 1 d4 and a pair of c4, following up with methodical play within the centre. Watson makes use of his titanic beginning wisdom to select crafty move-orders and toxic sequences that would strength competitors to imagine for themselves, offering a real try of chess figuring out. all through, he discusses options for either side, so readers can be totally able to pounce on any inaccuracies, and feature the entire instruments to settle on the main acceptable plans for White.

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Tfd I coming: 1 6... d6 ( 1 6 ... l2Jc6! c8 1 9 'fig6, White enjoys the better prospects) I 7 i.. fe 1 ) 20 f4 ! and White is for choice, particu­ larly in view of 20... e5? 2 1 l2Jd5 ! 16 fxe6 (D) ••. White has nothing concrete, but Black has a few long-term worries because of the bishops . Now: a) I 7 'ii'g6 is possible, although Black stands solidly enough after I 7 ... ;. d4 b5 22 b3) 20... i.. xc5 2 I i.. ;. l'Llc4 ! c3 t. As a whole, White is only able to put Black under a moderate amount of pressure in these lines; on the other hand, he gets the nonnal 'white' advantage with no risk.

E3) 8 ... b5 (8 ... e3; for example, 9 ... b4 1 1 0-0-0+ 'it>c7 1 2 f5 ! e3 ±) IO ... e2 and 0-0 or in some cases 0-0-0. Black is badly restricted. '=' The Chigorin Defence is a very respectable opening which has been played by many strong grandmasters and has numerous books devoted to it. It can also be difficult to play against, as in the main lines, Black is often ahead in develop­ ment and has attacking chances in return for UNORTHODOX QUEEN'S GAMBIT a2) 5 . d4 (D) and then: w 47 (compare the main line, in which Black at least has ...

C2) 1 5 ... 'ii'a5 is correct, when even to make a brief recap, I ' ll need one more division: c2 1 ) 16 'ii'c 2 c5 ! (this is the exchange sacri­ fice which the authors recognized would save Black; the computer actually recommended 1 6 ... fd 1 c3 is the key to this line, fully equal as long as Black plays accu­ rately) 1 8 ... i.. xd5 1 9 i.. h6 lt::lg4 ! (2 1 . c5) 22 i.. l:Ic7 lt::lxf2 should be drawn. e3 is probably a better choice. l:th5 isn't very clear, but it appears as though 2 1 h3!

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