A Cunning Chess Opening for Black - Lure Your Opponent into the Philidor Swamp! - Sergey Kasparov

An original and shrewd opening for Black against 1.e4

Taking your opponent out of his comfort zone is a good idea to start your game with.

Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov pushes this concept one step further: lure your opponent onto the slippery paths of the Philidor Swamp!

After 1…d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5, White is confronted with a stark choice: either to continue on the road of a calm Philidor Defence, or to immediately gain almost two tempi by forcing Black into an endgame that looks better for White, if not close to winning.

This second option, however, is a treacherous road strewn with pitfalls, as Kasparov demonstrates in his fresh, humorous and persuasive style.

White will walk into the Philidor Swamp in which he runs a big risk of getting stuck.

Sergey Kasparov does not bother the amateur reader with variations of 15 or 20 moves deep, but concentrates on the plans and counterplans for both Black and White.

Kaspariov provides dozens of entertaining and instructive exercises to test your understanding.

International Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov (1968) was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and now lives in Belarus.He is the author of the successful books The Dynamic Benko Gambit (2012) and Steamrolling the Sicilian (2013), as well as numerous Yearbook Surveys, all for New In Chess.

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Table of Contents

006 Explanation of Symbols

007 Introduction

011 Part I: The Treacherous Ending: 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8

012 Chapter 1: The Principled 6.Bg5

036 Chapter 2: Pressure on f7: 6.Bc4

037 Section 1: 6...Be6

050 Section 2: 6...Ke8

075: Part II Flexible Development: 4.Nge2

095 Part III: The Rare 4.f3

105 Part IV: Transposing to the Philidor: 4.Nf3

106 Chapter 1: The Surrender of the Centre (...exd4) on Different Moves

107 Section 1: 4...e5xd4

117 Section 2: 5...e5xd4

124 Section 3: The Manoeuvre ...Nd7-b6

140 Section 4: 8...e5xd4

161 Chapter 2: Rare lines on White’s 5th move

191 Chapter 3: Attack on the f7-Pawn

192 Section 1: The Sacrifice 6.Bxf7+

201 Section 2: Black Plays ...a7-a5

235 Section 3: The Flexible Structure (a6, b6, c6)

286 Section 4: Black Doesn’t Play ...c7-c6

303 Exercises

310 Solutions on Exercises

323 Conclusion

325 Index of Variations

331 Index of Players

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