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SOS Volume 6SOS Volume 6.
Type: BARGAINS. Detail: Bosch, J. Product Code: 9789056911935.
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This includes a chapter on the infamous Aussie Attack. That goes 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd 4 Bg5 and is named after the game Wohl Kveinis, Bled Olympiad 2002. SOS allows amateurs to play the opening like a pro without spending nearly all their free time studying stuffy theory. Readers of this series can ignore large areas of the ever expanding chess opening theory, because they can concentrate on these very early deviations (usually before move six!) from the regular lines in main stream openings. Ideal for club players with a basic knowledge of openings, who have not enough time to keep up with the latest fashions. An online reviewer provided more detail: There are, altogether, 17 substantial chapters in the book. Chapter 1 (The SOS Files), written by Jeroen Bosch, is mainly a recap and update of some of the systems presented in the previous volumes. 16 articles, each one dealing with a strange and rarely traversed by way of modern opening theory. Or, sometimes, as in Chapter 13 (A Spanish SOS), an unusual move in a standard opening. There, Adrian Mikhalchishin examines the move 9 Rb8!? in the Closed Ruy Lopez. Jeroen Bosch writes 4 of the aforementioned articles (as well as Chapter 1) and the other distinguished contributors include Arthur Kogan (the author of 3 articles, including one entitled The Tarzan Attack), Ian Rogers and John van der Wiel. Scandinavian with 3Qd6 by Sergey Tiviakov was the article that interested me most, a personal account of how the author came to adopt the Scandinavian as a defence to 1.e4 (amiably plodding chess players be warned). Two other articles, 3.h4 in the HyperAccelerated Dragon by John Donaldson and Jeremy Silman and Bishops First Please! by Glenn Flear also appealed greatly. Flear gives a mini system for White against 1.e4 e5 which is based on the Bishops Opening together with some early queen forays. The lines that he covers include 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qh5!? and 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Na5 5.Qf3!? Adrian Mikhalchishins The Dory Defence (his second contribution) was fine, but the defence itself (to my way of thinking) was not. (For the record, the Dory Defence arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 Ne4.) Alone of all the systems advocated in the book, this one seemed not quite viable (though there seems to be no straightforward refutation). Perhaps the best that can be said for the Dory Defence is that, unlike as in the Fajarowicz Variation of the Budapest Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5.3.dxe5 Ne4), Black is not a pawn down. Secrets of Opening Surprises, Volume 6 is, without a doubt, an excellent resource for replenishing and renewing your opening repertoire. If you succumb to temptation, the opening ideas contained in this book will set intriguing and testing challenges for your opponent and for yourself too! As well as offering a little illicit excitement along the way. Softback, 144 pages. Dimensions 149 x 214 x 16mm, 240g.
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