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By John Watson

ISBN-10: 1906454302

ISBN-13: 9781906454302

Such has been the approval for John Watson's ground-breaking works on glossy chess approach and his insightful starting books, that it's only traditional that he now offers a strategic beginning repertoire.

It is the chess-player's holy grail: a versatile repertoire that offers competitors actual difficulties yet does not require lots of memorization or continuous research of ever-changing grandmaster conception. whereas this ebook cannot rather promise all of that, Watson bargains an exciting choice of strains that supply significant scope for over-the-board creativity and will by no means result in a lifeless draw.

The repertoire is predicated on 1 d4 and a pair of c4, following up with methodical play within the centre. Watson makes use of his tremendous beginning wisdom to choose crafty move-orders and toxic sequences that may strength rivals to imagine for themselves, offering a real try of chess knowing. all through, he discusses suggestions for each side, so readers could be absolutely able to pounce on any inaccuracies, and feature the entire instruments to settle on the main applicable plans for White.

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G3 ! f2 "ikd2 1 7 l:tac 1 �g6 ( 1 7 . xc2 b6 20 a4! e5 2 1 a5 c5 22 axb6 axb6 23 l:tb1 ±) 1 8 �c4! lvanov-Ulko, Moscow 1 995. These examples are all terribly instructive. e6 (Bronznik prefers 9 ... d3, as in Kumaran-Miladinovic, World Junior Ch, Matinhos 1 994. 6... fxg5? l:tde l . , which is too bi­ zarre for words, although admittedly support­ ive of White's queenside endeavours. ixd6 cxd6!? Harikrishna-Morozevich, FIDE World Cup, Hyderabad 2002. At this point, 1 7 �a4 ! , a move which happened in the game, due to 1 8 b4 intending 1 8 ..

A5 ( 1 7 . a6 1 9 �d2 :b8 ( 1 9 . . xe2 ! c5 ± ) 20 bxa5 tt:'le4 2 1 'iid4 ! intending 2 I . f4 and tt:'lxd5. c) 1 3 . e6 is rarely played. g4 and h3), there are too many lines in which White can capture the d­ pawn without having to worry about ... xh3 . 'it'd7 won't come with tempo. Of course, h3 is also useful in some ways, but that's chess for you. One example: 1 4 tt:'lxc6 ( 1 4 �a4 �d7 1 5 :fd l is a sound alternative) 1 4 ... d4 (this move is a fundamental idea in the Tarrasch, to prevent .

The alternatives are instructive and will in­ troduce you to some key ideas: a) l l . cxb3 1 2 tt:lxc6 bxc6 1 3 axb3 (D). This is a respectable move which, however, has traditionally been of secondary importance. Over the past decade or so, the standing of Black's position has steadily improved, and to­ day it is arguably as important as the main lines with 9 ... cxd4 (although you will see it in your games far less often). Versus good play, White shouldn't expect more than a modest advan­ tage, if indeed any at all, but the positions are full of content and most of the time Black has to B TARRASCH DEFENCE 33 White aims for simple ideas such as the oc­ cupation of c5 by a knight supported by a rook or queen on the c-file.

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