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The Scandinavian Defense is favored by a large number of GMs and has often been employed as a surprise weapon by some high-class GMs, for example by Indian GM Vishy Anand, the current world champion, against GM Garry Kasparov in their 1995 PCA World Championship match (also known as the Classical World Chess Championship). Anand managed to equalize in the opening, but he faltered later on. Perhaps the greatest exponent of the Scandinavian was Australian GM Ian Rogers, who rocked the chess world with it in the 1980s. Danish GM Bent Larsen also made many significant contributions to the Scandinavian. This ebook recommends the traditional main line 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5. All the analysis in this ebook has been computer-checked by Rybka.
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100 Essential Endings Barking Dog 1 & 2 Classical Ruy Closed Game Defense King & Pawn I London II Open Game II Rubinstein Collection Samisch Seminar Scheveningen Sicilian Smith-Morra Gambit
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1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3
This quiet chess opening surged in prominence after Nigel Short began to use it effectively. It has the advantage of being very easy to play for White, but at the same time it is not so difficult for Black to defend. Black will play …e6, …c5 and has a number of ways of developing knights. White will maintain a spatial advantage, but will have to keep an eye on d4, which can become weak after …c5 and …cxd4.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5
The Albin countergambit chess opening was rather popular at the end of the 19th century. It is a fighting defense which borders on respectability. The game usually becomes a tactical brawl with flank attacks, so the better prepared player often has a big advantage. As with most gambits, the idea is to develop quickly, castle, and attack!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
In this chess opening, Black has explored a wide range of plans in response to 3.Bb5. 3…g6 is held to be the best. In fact, Black can probably equalize with most of them, but White still maintains chances of building a strong attack, and the endgames are not at all unpleasant for White.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Qa5
This is the starting position of the Cambridge Springs Variation, which has seen its popularity wax and wane throughout the 20th Century. At present this chess opening is considered fully playable, since White’s gambit approach with 7.cxd5 seems to have been defused.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5
This is the canonical starting position of the Tarrasch. This chess opening ebook concentrates on the main lines of the Classical Variation, where White fianchettoes and castles kingside. This can be reached via either 4.cxd5, which allows the Schara Gambit 4…cxd4!?, or 4.Nf3. 4.e3 leads to the Symmetrical Variation, while other moves allow Black to capture at d4 and then harass the queen via …Nc6.
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.O-O c6 6.c4 Bd6
This is the tabiyah, or main starting point of the variation. As you can see, in this chess opening White has a huge range of possibilities and each move order contains a degree of finesse. There are plenty of transpositions to watch out for (aren’t you glad you own Bookup!)
The important question for White is what to do about the dark-squared bishop. The fianchetto is the most common approach, with Bf4 a close second. A third plan is to place the bishop at g5, eventually to capture at f6. This idea is often combined with the deployment of the knight at c3.
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 e6 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.O-O Be7 8.d4
Black has several methods of reaching the Keres-Parma, but most common are 1…c5, 1…Nf6, and 1…e6. This is one of the most fundamental positions in the Keres-Parma Variation. Black chooses where the exchange of knights will take place, at c3 or d5.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5
The Steinitz Variation is once again a popular reaction to the Classical
French. It has the advantage of avoiding the MacCutcheon Variation (4.Bg5
Bb4!?) and has been renewed thanks to innovative ideas by some of the
leading players of our time. This ebook explores the chess opening with an
eye toward finding the best moves for White, but all options for both
sides will be presented.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.Ne2
This ebook focuses on the MacCutcheon with 4…Bb4. This chess opening is an aggressive system for Black, which demands precise handling by White. This is not the most common system against the MacCutcheon, but it is one of the most promising.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2
This move introduces a variation which is not well known to most players. It is extremely tactical and there are many long forcing variations, but there are also some deceptively quiet endgame positions which arise early in the opening. I have been playing this line for many years and find it a most comfortable alternative to the megatheoretical 4.e5.
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
After 1.e4 e5, we have an Open Game. White normally continues with 2.Nf3, but this requires preparation against many different defenses as Black. Since we will be examining plans for White involving an early Bc4, I suggest that you adopt that on the second move. Nevertheless, you can use three different move orders (2.Nf3, 2.Bc4, 2.d4), potentially confusing your opponent. The only drawback to the 2.d4 move order is that you have to know the lines of the Goring Gambit, into which the opening can easily transpose. Of course you can always back out into the Scotch Game, though those timid waters are not in the spirit of our aggressive opening repertoire.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5
This is the normal starting position of the main lines of the Exchange Variation. White will try to exploit the advantage in space and better placed pieces in a rather quiet endgame. Black has tried five different defensive schemes. Mednis dismisses 9…c6, but that is one of Black’s best options, and is now considered the best line.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 O-O 5.f4 d6 6.Nf3
This is the basic starting position of the Four Pawns Attack.
6…c5 used to be considered almost obligatory, but thanks to Kasparov, 6…Na6 is now the focus of a great deal of attention, and is the defense recommended by many authorities, including Kasparov, Keene and KID specialist John Watson.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Bg5
This is the start of the Steiner Variation. It is a blend of the Saemisch and Averbakh approaches, and can be reached via many different move orders. Note that …h6 and …a6 can be played at any time, and therefore future transpositions are possible. Each of course is somewhat committal. Keene and Jacobs (1992) prefer 6…Nc6.
This is the starting move of several openings, including the Rat. Black
can also use this move to reach the Czech Defense, Pirc Defense, Modern
Defense, King’s Indian or transpositions into the Sicilian or Philidor or
Old Indian Defenses. Many of the Rat lines involve …g6 …Bg7 and then …a6 …b5 …Bb7.
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6
The Nimzowitsch Sicilian is an aggressive plan which has remained just below the level of respectability for most of its existence. The prevailing view is that White will obtain a small advantage in the main lines.
1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4
This is the start of the Noteboom Variation, a chess opening also known as the Abrahams Variation. I reserve the latter term for the main line position after 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5. This is a very aggressive defense. Wild things happen on the queenside very early, and for many years the opening was considered rather suspect. But now it is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the patronage of Alexander Moroz.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 a6
This is the basic starting position of the Paulsen system. The Paulsen formation can be reached via a number of different move orders, each with their own merits and drawbacks. Black can opt for the pure Taimanov treatment with an early Nge7.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6
1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4
This is the Schara Gambit. Black gives up a pawn in return for rapid development. 5.Qa4+ is considered more accurate, since it avoids an endgame gambit which, although dubious, requires precise knowledge of the opening by White.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 and
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4
The Bird Variation of the Spanish Game is still a viable opening and the
peculiar pawn structures that arise require special handling. Because the
player of the Black side is more likely to be familiar with the nuances
of the position, the small positional advantage White gets with best play
is not particularly important. White should take up the challenge by
capturing at d4.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bd6
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Bc2 Nxf2!?
This is the Dilworth Variation. Black sacrifices two minor pieces for a rook and a pawn…and a fierce attack! Usually, many pieces will leave the board quickly, and a complex endgame ensues in which Black’s chances are not worse.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5! 8.dxe5! Be6
This is the tabiyah, or starting position, of the main lines of the Open Variation. There are many options here, but usually either 9.c3 or 9.Nbd2 are seen. Kasparov and Karpov both play the latter move, but theory continues to treat 9.c3 as the main line. For many years it has been established that 8…Be6 is the correct move, even though the bishop often gets repositioned just a few moves later.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8
This ebook contains examples of the attacking art of Rudolph Spielmann in the Open Games (1.e4 e5). You can browse through the chess openings to see how Spielmann used his art to defeat many of the greatest players of his time.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 6.Bf1
This is the only serious attempt at a refutation. Now Black can transpose to
the Fritz Variation proper with 6…Nd4, but the alternative 6…h6!? is a strong alternative. Other moves do not seem to be playable.
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