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Wojo's Weapons V1

Wojo's Weapons V1.
Type: BOOKS. Detail: Ippolito, D. Product Code: 9780979148200.
Category: OPENINGS. Publisher: .
Retail Price: AUD $39.95 (includes GST)
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Russian born Wojtkiewicz was spending more and more time in the United States and when he landed a chess scholarship at the University of Baltimore at Maryland County, he had made a complete transition from the Old to the New World. Competing in the U.S. meant playing almost exclusively in Swiss events, often two or three games a day over a single weekend. This format required a practical and economic style that would grind out wins without expending unnecessary energy. This way of playing came naturally to Wojo who, although a great lover of chess, was not a systematic studier. He clearly appreciated the fact that playing in short Swisses minimized pregame preparation and thrived in his new environment, winning the U.S. Grand Prix six years in a row from 1999 to 2004. During the last eight years of his life he won or tied for first in a staggering 240 tournaments. One of Wojts weapons in amassing this incredible repertoire was his skill at opening 1.Nf3, often steering the game into 1.d4 openings by transposition. It is this repertoire that is extensively examined in Wojos Weapons: Winning With White, Volume 1 by Jonathan Hilton and Dean Ippolito. Volume one of this series deals with the sequence 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4, with the largest part of the book devoted to the Catalan but with lengthy sections on the Slav and the Tarrasch, which breaks down as follows: Part I: The Closed Catalan (1 page) An Introduction to the Close Catalan (35 pages) The Closed Catalan with 4Bb4 (23 pages) Assembling the Repertoire (7 pages) Part II: The Open Catalan (1 page) The Delayed Open Catalan with 7.Ne5!? Nc6 (32 pages) The Delayed Open Catalan with 7.Ne5!? C5 (and others) (11 pages) The Early Open Catalan with 5Nc6 (41 pages) The Early Open Catalan with 5c5 (23 pages) The Early Open Catalan with 5a6 6 Ne5 Bb4 (8 pages) The Early Open Catalan with 5a6 6 Ne5 c5 (27 pages) The Early Open Catalan with 5b5 or 5c6 (11 pages) The Early Open Catalan Others (5Bb4, 5Nbd7, 5Bd7) (22 pages) Part III: The Slav Defense (1 page) The Slav Defense with 4 Qc2 dxc4 (27 pages) The Slav Defense with 4 Qc2 g6 (16 pages) SemiSlav Hybrids with 1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 c6 (8 pages) Part IV: Black's Other Defenses (1 page) The Queen's Gambit Accepted (26 pages) The Tarrasch (28 pages) Systems with 2Bf5 (13 pages) The Chigorin (14 pages) The Austrian Defense (9 pages) If this repertoire rings a bell it should. Israeli GM Boris Avrukh also advocated the Catalan in his mammoth book 1.d4 Volume 1 (Quality Chess, 2008) but via 1.d4. While both books like the Catalan for White they differ a fair amount in the individual lines they recommend. For example, after 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.00 Nc6 Avrukh favored the sharper 7.Qa4 while Ippolito and Hilton prefer 7.dxc5. Likewise after 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 00 7.00 c6 8.Qc2 Nbd7 Hilton and Ippolito like 9.Bf4 getting double duty as it also provides an answer to the Closed Catalan proper 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 00 6.00 c6 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Bf4. Avrukh, who is more of a maximalist striving for the biggest possible advantage than a pragmatist, gives different lines against Bb4e7 and Be7. This pragmatism is one of the differences between the two books, while another is that in general Wojt didnt always play the most critical lines, being confident in his excellent technique to realize a small advantage. This ability is often mentioned in Wojos Weapons: Winning With White, which is very wellwritten and spends a lot of time explaining what White is trying to accomplish. There is plenty of theory and important theoretical novelties in this book but at the end of the day most users will find the carefully and heavily annotated games to be its biggest strength. Wojos Weapons: Winning With White is recommended for players 2000 on up that are looking for a solid and reliable opening repertoire. Ippolito and Hilton have made a successful debut that would have pleased their hero. Part III: The Slav Defense (1 page) The Slav Defense with 4 Qc2 dxc4 (27 pages) The Slav Defense with 4 Qc2 g6 (16 pages) SemiSlav Hybrids with 1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 c6 (8 pages) Part IV: Black's Other Defenses (1 page) The Queen's Gambit Accepted (26 pages) The Tarrasch (28 pages) Systems with 2Bf5 (13 pages) The Chigorin (14 pages) The Austrian Defense (9 pages) If this repertoire rings a bell it should. Israeli GM Boris Avrukh also advocated the Catalan in his mammoth book 1.d4 Volume 1 (Quality Chess, 2008) but via 1.d4. While both books like the Catalan for White they differ a fair amount in the individual lines they recommend. For example, after 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.00 Nc6 Avrukh favored the sharper 7.Qa4 while Ippolito and Hilton prefer 7.dxc5. Likewise after 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 00 7.00 c6 8.Qc2 Nbd7 Hilton and Ippolito like 9.Bf4 getting double duty as it also provides an answer to the Closed Catalan proper 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 00 6.00 c6 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Bf4. Avrukh, who is more of a maximalist striving for the biggest possible advantage than a pragmatist, gives different lines against Bb4e7 and Be7. This pragmatism is one of the differences between the two books, while another is that in general Wojt didnt always play the most critical lines, being confident in his excellent technique to realize a small advantage. This ability is often mentioned in Wojos Weapons: Winning With White, which is very wellwritten and spends a lot of time explaining what White is trying to accomplish. There is plenty of theory and important theoretical novelties in this book but at the end of the day most users will find the carefully and heavily annotated games to be its biggest strength. Wojos Weapons: Winning With White is recommended for players 2000 on up that are looking for a solid and reliable opening repertoire. Ippolito and Hilton have made a successful debut that would have pleased their hero. Review by USA International Master Jeremy Silman

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