The Complete Hedgehog: Volume 1 - Sergey Shipov

The Hedgehog is a thoroughly modern defense where flexibility and understanding trump rote memorization. Using deeply annotated critical games from international practice, GM Sergey Shipov traces the Hedgehog's development - from its origins as a way to avoid well-trodden paths to its current status as a respected weapon in Black's armory. The Hedgehog has been adopted by the likes of Tal, Larsen, Adams, Kasparov, Kamsky, and Karpov.

Drawing on decades of experience playing this defense, Shipov has put together much more than a simple opening manual full of variations. The author meticulously explains strategic themes, typical formations, move-order subtleties, and explores the thorny question: Is the Hedgehog a "theoretically sound" opening - and does that really matter?

Along the way, the reader gets to see the mind of a grandmaster hard at work, and is treated to a lesson on one of the most important skills in chess: how to evaluate a position. Shipov shares his approach to chess and life, and his passion for both, in this entertaining, philosophical, and highly readable work.

Sergey Shipov - Author

Russian GM Sergey Shipov is a highly respected author and trainer, best known for his live online commentary at top international chess tournaments.

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Contents: 4 Foreword; 5 Introduction; 9 The Hedgehog. Its Birth and Development; 12 Getting to the Hedgehog Opening Structure; 20 The Hedgehog Philosophy; 25 Space and Order; 27 Evaluating a Position; The English Hedgehog 34 Preface; Part 1: 42 Classical Continuation 7. d4: Chapter 1-1: 43 History and Pioneers; Chapter 1-2: 69 The English Hedgehog Tabiya - 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4; Chapter 1-3: 92 White Aims for a Quick Attack on the Pawn at d6; Chapter 1-4: 150 Two Plans by Uhlmann; Chapter 1-5: 214 Trading Off the Bishop at f6; Chapter 1-6: 278 Notes on Move Orders in the 8. d4 System; Part 2: 290 The 7. Re1! System: Chapter 2-1: 291 First Experiences and Origins of the Theory of the 7. Re1! System; Chapter 2-2: 339 Black Castles Early The Canonical Piece Setup; Chapter 2-3: 425 The Modern Hedgehog. Sunrise to Sunset; Chapter 2-4: 465 The Knight Goes to c6; Chapter 2-5: 490 New Ideas in the 7. Re1 System; 528 Index of Players.
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