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The Chigorin Defence According to Morozevich: A World Class Player on the Opening He Made Popular [Paperback]

By Alexander Morozevich (Author)
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Alexander Morozevich is hugely popular all over the world for his sharp and original play. He is the current Number 7 in the world rankings. This particular opening has been his favorite weapon for many years. It leads to sharp and un compromising play, and Moro has had a big following ever since he started to play the Chigorin Defence.

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Studio: New In Chess
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.69" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 5, 2007
Publisher   New in Chess
ISBN  9056912003  
ISBN13  9789056912000  

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Long algebraic notation!  Jan 13, 2008
So far I've bought two books from the "New In Chess" publisher - the other one being 'On The Attack', but I just can't read (or recommend) them because every chess move in these books is in the dreaded long notation. Is it me, or does anyone else find it impossible to think (visualize) in long notation?

Here's what "Wikipedia' has to say about it:

[Some computer programs (and people) use a variant of algebraic chess notation, termed long algebraic notation or fully expanded algebraic notation. In fully expanded algebraic notation, moves include both the starting and ending squares separated by a hyphen: for example, "e2-e4" or "Nb1-c3". Captures are indicated with "x" instead of a hyphen: "Rd3xd7". This notation takes more space and thus is not as commonly used. However it has the advantage of clarity, particularly for less skilled players or players learning the game.

Some books using primarily short algebraic notation use the long notation instead of the disambiguation forms. Long algebraic notation was no longer recognized by FIDE as of 1981.]

I wish this would add 'chess notation' in their "Product Details" list. This way customers wouldn't end up with books written in Long Algebraic, Figurine Algebraic or even Descriptive Notation...
Morozevich & Barsky have created a masterpiece!  Aug 27, 2007
This book provides the reader with enough information to play the Chigorin Defense against almost anyone. So, what is the Chigorin Defense, and why should you consider playing it? It's an old line of the Queen's Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6!?/?!) that was considered bad for many years. Morozevich rejuvenated it and became one of the best players in the world in part because of his success with this opening. He's beaten Karpov, Kramnik and many other players as Black in this opening.

My main question when I saw this book was how much was actually written by Morozevich. Morozevich wrote relatively little new material, but his games and annotations form the backbone of the book. Both Morozevich and Barsky (an International Master who also plays the Chigorin) are honest about the playability of the lines. They point out where White is doing well, and how Black can counter White's plans.

The games are amazing! I have been teaching chess for about 14 years and this book taught me how little I know about dynamic chess at its highest levels. Even if you are a strong master, you will probably gain something from this book. International Master Christoph Wisznewski, the author of the excellent book "Play 1...Nc6" said in a forum that he wished he had been able to see this book before his came out.

Morozevich states "[i]f Black has a feeling for this opening,... and knows how to jump with his knights and create dynamic tension, he can certainly play the Chigorin Defense. Even against me, if I should play 1.d4 with white."

This is an opening book that will help young players and old masters to improve their game. It will also have a very, very long shelf-life!

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