The Modern TigerThe Modern Tiger.
Type: BOOKS. Detail: Persson, T. Product Code: 9781907982835.
Category: 1 E4 OPENINGS. Publisher: .
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A review by Jeremy Silman: In Tigers Modern, the Swedish grandmaster offers up a complete repertoire based on 1g6 vs. anything. His main ideas are: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 (or 4.f4 or 4.Nf3) 4a6! This move is a very important part of his handling of the Modern, and Tiger jumps into it with amazing verve. In a clear but highly entertaining writing style, he gives us indepth plans/rules/ideas that will prove invaluable to the reader. His fine explanations, mixed with a seemingly endless cascade of new plans and theoretical novelties makes the system extremely desirable all the more so when you realize that most opponents wont have the slightest idea how to deal with it! Against 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 (or 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4), Tiger recommends 3d6 4.Nc3 e5 as being well worth playing. He looks at 5.Nf3, of course, but he also explores 5.d5 f5 6.exf5 gxf5 7.Qh5 Kf8, assuring the hysterical reader that the position is extremely promising for Black thanks to the tempo gain Nf6 followed by Qd8e8g6. Other key positions that are addressed (after 4e5): 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8 Kxd8 (fine for Black), 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.d5 Nce7 (complex and completely playable). Tigers extremely dynamic ideas are not for the dogmatic! More often than not, youll see him shoving his gpawn up the board with reckless abandon, or leaving a hole on f5 and laughing about it all the way to the bank. Nevertheless, its hard to ignore him since hes beaten some very strong players with this system, and the amount of hard work hes put into making these lines viable forces us to adorn his views with more than a little respect. I feel players from 1600 to grandmaster can get a lot out of this book. Without a doubt, it will be a tough road for those under 2000 at first, but the authors planrich explanations (some of the best Ive ever seen!) make mastering this system doable. Highly recommended!"
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