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Over the last ten years the Sveshnikov variation of the Sicilian Defence has become an immensely popular opening, played regularly at all levels. Top players of various styles have used it frequently, including Kramnik, Leko, Shirov and Kasparov. In this book Romanian grandmaster Dorian Rogozenko describes the current conditions surrounding this important opening. He comprehensively reviews modern practice and adds his own original analysis and conclusions. Impeccable in its theoretical accuracy, the true strength of this book lies in Rogozenkos talent for lucid explanation. With great care, he guides the reader through the complexity to the heart of each position.
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Studio: Quality Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 10" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Dec 5, 2005
Publisher Quality Chess
ISBN 9197524352 ISBN13 9789197524353
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sveshnikov Reloaded?
A Must for the Sveshnikovophile May 12, 2008
I used to occasionally run into the Sveshnikov in the 1970s when it was usually called the Pelikan. To me, it looked ugly and beginner-ish. I mean, what's so attractive about giving yourself a hole on d5, a backward d-pawn, allowing White to double your f-pawns and then castling kingside? The thing is, though: Who cares what it looks like if it works? I couldn't refute it, but I was nobody. Fischer never faced it, but today all sorts of Super-GMs play it and love it. And it's no harder to play than any other line of the Sicilian. Now I rarely play anything else.
Now that I have Rogozenko's excellent book, I have the confidence to play the Sveshnikov in correspondence chess, which is the only serious chess I play nowadays. It's going to be a while before this book is superseded by a superior. By the way, it makes a good companion volume to the author's book on the Anti-Sicilians.
To my mind, the best opening book ever! Nov 18, 2006
Wow! This is clearly the definitive text on the Sveshnikov. Beautiful job by Rogozenko and Quality Chess Press.
no misfire here! Oct 19, 2006
The author has certainly provided a very thorough text in terms of theory coverage, and I read (and occasionally waded) through it over a 12 month period. The opening presents a position with an immediate imbalance and I finally feel more comfortable about playing against it with the white pieces. This book has also considerably helped my middlegame play. Worth the investment in time, and even worth buying solely for reference purposes!
Intended Audience Mar 15, 2006
So I'm FIDE rated 2068 and USCF 2111, but my opening preparation is in general quite good. I bought this book with no real intention of playing the Sveshnikov but instead to get a better feel for the ideas in the opening. The theoretical material is good, but I feel like certain sections didn't explain all the ideas behind some of the more modern novelties.
Overall I was please with the theoretical material in the book however my one big gripe is the layout. The author/editor or whomever was in charge of this didn't figure out a good way to categorize the lines so instead of having either games or thematic chapters like some opening books this book chose a chapter layout that was ALMOST a game layout. There were sections to divide earlier moves a little, but hopping around to look for the recommendations against key deviations was quite weird as there were sometimes many chapters it could occur in and it wasn't given in the first or in any recognizeable chapter. I have a feeling this is just me being spoiled from some of my favorite opening books like Watsons "Play the French" or Gallagher's "Play the King's Indian", but I think these two books are good models for theoretical works at most levels. There is always a give an take between just having pure trees and splitting the material up in some logical fashion, but I think the editors should have erred on the side of the pure trees as while they can sometimes be overwhelming they are much easier to use.
Supersedes all previous Sveshnikov books Nov 2, 2005
There have been several good books written on the Sveshnikov. The last -- and a masterpiece in its own right -- was titled, "The Complete Sveshnikov Sicilian", by Yakovich. It was published in April 2003, and hence has begun to show its age in this ultra-sharp opening.
Now one of the world's leading authorities on the Sveshnikov -- Dorian Rogozenko -- has come out with his own monograph on the opening. At 340 pages, with virtually no "white space", and filled to the brim with refernces to recent games (2002-2005), as well as lucid verbal explanations, this book will become the bible of Sveshnikov players for the next few years.
Recent games of Ponomariov, Kramnik, Anand, and Kasparov have been expertly annotated, and evaluations of new moves, ideas, and plans given.
All Sveshnikov players rated higher than USCF 1800 would be well advised to add this book to their collections.