Opening for Amateurs - Pete Tamburro

Professional grandmasters study the latest wrinkles of their favorite openings. They have time to think about innovations in the Sicilian Najdorf, the Marshall Attack, or the Semi-Slav. It’s part of their job. But club players can rarely afford such luxury, and an excellent way for them to beat their busy schedules is to play good, solid opening lines that happen to be out of style.

GM Raetsky and IM Chetverik have turned their backs on current fashion and have delved deep into the wardrobe of chess openings. These two opening specialists have selected eleven unusual variations to help readers refresh their repertoires.

Using key illustrative games (many previously unpublished), the authors present a host of surprising and accessible opening ideas. Never refuted, these openings have numbered World Champions among their victims.

Will your opponents really be so well prepared for the Albin Countergambit? Can they find their way against the tricky St. George Defense? Just how comfortable will fans of the Ruy Lopez feel when they have to think for themselves on their fourth move? Setting fashions can be a lot more fun than merely following them!

About the Authors

Grandmaster Alexander Raetsky and International Master Maxim Chetverik have collaborated on numerous opening books. Their previous works have featured excellent, clear explanations of the ideas behind the chess openings, and have given them a worldwide reputation as top authors

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Contents: 11 Introduction; 15 PART I: THE PRIMER; 18 1. Allowing the king to give up castling without a good reason; 19 2. Allowing early simplification; 21 3. Don’t lose time in the opening; 26 4. Don’t be an opening robot!; 28 5. Don’t help your opponent to do what he wants to do!; 29 6. Not all aggressive bishop moves are good; 31 7. Don’t panic against unusual moves; 34 8. Don’t create weaknesses that your opponent can exploit; 35 9. Don’t forget that play in the center is the essential point of all openings; 37 10. Be careful to avoid “plodding” development; 38 11. Playing an opening (especially a defense) without understanding why certain moves are played and when they are played, is not a good idea; 41 12. Know when it’s good to exchange a bishop for a knight and when it is not good. Oh – and vice versa!; 45 13. Don’t turn a won game into a draw – or worse!; 47 14. Always consider counterattacking in the center; 48 15. If your opponent gives you the center, it’s generally a good idea to accept the gift!; 50 16. Solid, passive defenses are the waiting rooms for defeat; 50 17. Even though you have an opening plan, be alert to good moves in changing circumstances; 51 18. Don’t forget, before every move, to look for all checks and captures; 53 19. Know when to play g4 or ... g5 against a bishop and know when not to play it; 63 20. Don’t make it easy for your opponent to make a freeing move; 65 21. Don’t incorrectly use computers; 66 22. Don’t be in a hurry to resign; 67 23. Don’t sleep in the streets!; 69 24. Be ever vigilant for Bxf7+; 69 25. Do not be so eager to play so “solidly” that you block in your bishops; 71 26. Don’t underestimate exchange variations; 72 27. Beware sudden pawn thrusts!; 73 28. Gambits are best met by countergambits. The best way to meet a gambit is to accept it. Huh?; 95 29. Do not play premature attacks; 99 30. Tempi! Tempi! Tempi!; 100 31. Don’t go crazy against hedgehog or hippo-type openings; 105 32. If you like attacking chess, don’t hesitate to use attacks based on h2-h4-h5 against fianchetto defenses; 116 33. Don’t go crazy when facing an offbeat opening, either; 123 34. When playing against the Colle System, do not think that simple, planless, developing moves will be sufficient; 128 35. When facing some of the “pre-planned” openings, don’t be afraid to have your own plan ready to go; 136 36. Speaking of preparation, don’t believe everything you read in opening books or articles (especially if you wrote them!); 141 37. Don’t just concentrate on openings!; 143 38. Pete, what should I play in the openings? What do you do? 145 39. Once I’ve picked my openings, how should I study them?; 145 40. What if I just want to have fun?; 148 PART II: OPENINGS FOR AMATEURS; 149 1. Sicilian (for White); 149 Hungarian Variation; 163 Rossolimo Attack; 167 Closed Sicilian; 172 c3 Sicilian; 177 2. French Defense; 177 Tarrasch Variation with ... Nf6; 180 Tarrasch Variation with ... c7-c5; 183 Guimard Variation; 188 3. Caro-Kann Defense; 188 Horowitz suggestion; 189 Keres suggestion; 190 Fantasy Variation; 197 4. Systems with ... g7-g6; 197 Pirc; 203 Modern; 204 Gurgenidze; 206 5. Alekhine’s Defense, Canal Variation; 211 6. Scandinavian/Center Counter; 211 3 ... Qa5 line; 213 3 ... Qd6 line; 215 2 ... Nf6 line; 220 7. Four Knights’ Game; 221 Classical Attack; 229 Rubinstein Variation; 231 8. Vienna Opening with g3; 231 Black plays ... d7-d5; 234 Black plays ... d7-d6; 238 9. Two Knights’ Defense; 239 Fritz Variation; 243 Classical Variation; 246 d4 Attack; 249 10. Scotch Opening; 254 11. If You Don’t Want to Play 1 ... e5 to Meet 1.e4: The Sicilian Dragon; 268 12. The English Opening According to Botvinnik; 283 13. Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian; 297 14. Dutch Defense; 309 15. A Plea for the Ruy López; 331 16. Final.
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