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A Strategic Opening Repertoire

A Strategic Opening Repertoire.
Type: BOOKS. Detail: Donaldson & Hansen. Product Code: 9781888690415.
Category: OPENINGS. Publisher: .
Retail Price: AUD $39.95 (includes GST)
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Donaldson's book centers around a system that uses the opening moves 1. Nf3, 2. c4, 3. g3. Donaldson writes that he is aiming the book at players at the Expert to Master level. Thus, the chapters contain game after game, with inline variations and relatively terse but clear commentary. The first five chapters deal with Black's attempt at a defense based on the King's Indian setup, which in effect turns into a ClosedSicilian Reversed. As a player with a definite dislike for games that plunge into heavy tactics, these five chapters are an answer to a prayer. Since the center pawns don't get locked up as they do in the KID, Black rarely has the opportunity to launch the dangerous mating attacks so common in the classical KID, and White is safely able to bring play to the queenside where he retains an advantage. A nice plus is that the antiKID system practically plays itself for the first 10 moves, and play continues in clear strategic directions thereafter. Dedicated KID players seem to be unfamiliar with this approach, thus I often find myself with big time advantages as well as a positional plus going into the middlegame. I don't know of any other work that deals with this opening line to this depth, and would give this book four stars for this section alone. Other chapters deal with other possible responses to Donaldson's opening moves: Symmetrical English, Catalan, SemiTarrasch, Queen's Indian, Hedgehog, and a miscellaneous chapter. These chapters seem to me to be good for the direction in which they point, even if they are not treated as completely as they might be in more specialized opening volumes. Of the two sections I've looked at more closely, the SemiTarrasch and the closedCatalan, I've definitely liked the setups Donaldson recommends. You will have to do a bit more work reading this book than many others, but if you are seeking strategic lines for White, and don't mind converting your wins in the endgame, this book is definitely one to check out. A customer review!

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