Hardinge Simpole

Handbook of Tricky Opening Strategies in Chess
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By Watson, John L., and Schiller, Eric
ISBN 1843821494
Paperback  296 pages
Subject [Chess ]
Published 30 July 2004
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First published in 1995, with the title 'The Big Book of Busts'. There are a large number of chess openings which, while not entirely sound or objectively dangerous, nevertheless strike fear into the hearts of some players. The Smith-Morra Gambit ( 1.e4 c5 2,d4), Budapest Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2,c4 e5), Torre Attack ( 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 with 3.Bg5), Grob (1.g4), and other aggressive lines are not easy to meet, especially since much of the literature on these openings is written from the point of view of the aggressor.

In this book, noted theoreticians John Watson and Eric Schiller have combined forces to provide a thorough examination of over 70 of these annoying openings, presenting refutations, clever lines which are outside the normal paths, and methods of avoiding the opponent's preferred positions. After studying this book, you can greet these openings with confidence and emerge from the opening with a fully satisfactory position. In fact, the authors present so many novel solutions that is your opponent who gets caught by surprise.

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