A strategic chess opening repertoire for white by John Watson

By John Watson

Such has been the approval for John Watson's ground-breaking works on smooth chess technique and his insightful commencing books, that it's only usual that he now offers a strategic commencing repertoire.

It is the chess-player's holy grail: a versatile repertoire that provides rivals genuine difficulties yet does not require plenty of memorization or continuous examine of ever-changing grandmaster concept. whereas this booklet cannot rather promise all of that, Watson deals an fascinating number of traces that provide giant scope for over-the-board creativity and may by no means bring about a lifeless draw.

The repertoire is predicated on 1 d4 and a couple of c4, following up with methodical play within the centre. Watson makes use of his tremendous commencing wisdom to choose crafty move-orders and toxic sequences that might strength competitors to imagine for themselves, delivering a real try out of chess knowing. all through, he discusses innovations for either side, so readers can be absolutely able to pounce on any inaccuracies, and feature the entire instruments to settle on the main acceptable plans for White.

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Xe4 dxe4 1 8 tt:'lc3 with the idea �b3 or �c2. This entire line is certainly playable for Black, but not yet fully equal. d4 (D) ••• B Karpov's idea, which you will sometimes see in other Tarrasch positions. The point is to hold down ... c5. 16 tt:'lh7 ••. This became the quasi-official 'solution' to 1 3 a3 after its use by Grishchuk. Black threat­ ens ... tt:'lg5 or ... tt:'lf8-e6. Neverthe­ less, White is well-developed and should get his normal advantage by clamping down on the dark squares.

Ac8?! bl ! ) 1 5 ... xb7 is quite strong. 14 Vi'cl ! axel (D) B This is a fascinating ending that has arisen scores of times over the years. After capturing on e6, White will exert pressure upon Black's weak pawns, but whether that translates into a win depends upon the circumstances. Why Black wants to suffer in this way is another mat­ ter. te7 The alternatives all have similar positional problems; for example: a) 1 5 ... ; (Gri­ vas). b) 1 5 . . tb4 ! xb4 tt:lxb4 2 1 axb4) 1 7 . . d6. Here Black's pawns are vulner­ able; for example, 1 8 tt:lg5 !

Why Black wants to suffer in this way is another mat­ ter. te7 The alternatives all have similar positional problems; for example: a) 1 5 ... ; (Gri­ vas). b) 1 5 . . tb4 ! xb4 tt:lxb4 2 1 axb4) 1 7 . . d6. Here Black's pawns are vulner­ able; for example, 1 8 tt:lg5 ! ) 1 8 ... xc6 bxc6 2 1 tt:lxe6 (2 1 lt:le4 ! ) 2 I .. ;. c4 (D). This rook-lift has become routine: White covers d4 and b4 versus knight intrusions, and can transfer the rook to e4 to put pressure on e6. The move also serves to free the fl -rook to dou­ ble or go to b 1 .

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