Hardinge Simpole

English: Franco, Slav and Flank Defences
1...P-K3, 1...P-KN3, 1...P-KB4, 1...P-QB3, 1...P-QN3, 1...Others
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By Watson, John L.
ISBN 1843821478
SERIES Hardinge Simpole Classic Openings
Paperback  128 pages
Subject [Chess ]
Published 30 July 2004
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First published in 1981. Volume 4 covers the wide variety of defences to 1.P-QB4 not dealt with in the previous three volumes. A good many of these are 'Flank Defences', favouring fianchetto systems or wing attacks. Black also has the choice of a number of moves that can transpose into a standard Queen's Pawn (1.d4) or King's Pawn (1.e4) opening. This book shows that White can go his own way instead and create fascinating play in which both sides have their chances.

Watson's aim throughout has been to provide a practical balance of theory, discussion and examples. With encyclopaedic coverage and many original suggestions, this series gives the reader the ability to understand the complexities of the English Opening and to play it with confidence.

International Master John Watson is widely known as a player, author, and chess trainer. His books have won numerous awards including Book-of-the-Year awards for "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy" and "Chess Strategy in Action".

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