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An Explosive Chess Opening Repertoire for Black [Paperback]

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This book equips the reader with everything he or she needs to know to play Black in a game of chess. Two experienced Finnish players have described an exciting repertoire based on the move 1...d6 in reply to whatever White's first move happens to be. Black's strategy is hypermodern and dynamic: White is encouraged to seize space, while Black develops his pieces rapidly and actively, waiting for the ideal moment to attack and destroy White's central bastions. The variations advocated have been proven in top-level play and have quick-strike potential if White is at all careless or imprecise. The repertoire is based around the Pirc Defence and the variations 1 d4 d6 2 c4 e5 and 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4, which fit seamlessly together with 1...d6 systems against White's various flank openings.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2002
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1901983501  
ISBN13  9781901983500  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Finnish Granmaster Youni Yrjola has played the Classical Sicilian with considerable success throughout his career. He has won the Finnish Championship twice, and regards Sochi 1984, where he shared third place with the legendary Mikhail Tal, as his best tournament result.

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Good, but not a complete repertoire for black.  Jul 14, 2006
I bought this book mainly to use 1..d6 against 1.d4. There are few books about this opening, in contrast to Pirc (1.e4 d6), where there are some alternatives. This book does not cover 1.d4 d6 2.d5, for example variants like 1.d4 d6 2.d5 e5 3.e4. And it is strange because the line with d5 as a third move is covered the book: 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.d5. But I strongly believe that 1.d4 d6 2.d5 also has some independent lines, from this line. I have not found any other chess books covering 1.d4 d6 2.d5. Instead of covering some lines of Pirc, this book should have covered the 2.d5 variant. Pirc could be learned from other chess books.

After my opinion there are number of wrong suggestions in this book, showing that you may not trust this book without going through the variants with a computer. An example from chapter 33 page 263, the variant 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 where an alternative variant for white instead of 4.dxe5 is 4.Nf3. The variant suggested is 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.a4 c6 8.Re1 Qc7 etc. But hey, what if white plays 6.Ng5 instead of 0-0. It looks like a beginner move, threatening to win the pawn on f7 and the queen. The only escape (as I see it) is to give a pawn away with 6..d5. No way, this variant is good for black!

One of the main line covered in this book are 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.Nf3 e4 4.Ng5 f5 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nh3. But the book doesn't gives any analysis if white respond with 6.Nd5 instead of 6.Nh3. Should black allow white to exchange the Bishop on e7, despite that the pawn on d6 later easily could be attacked and that white probably later in the game will control the diagonal a1-h8? To avoid this, black can of course play 5...c6 instead of 5...Be7. But that variant is only covered with 3 pages in the book; well you could hope to get into the main line covered in the book.

1..d6 is good choice and this book covers the main lines, but to be sure, you have to supply with your own knowledge about the variants above.
A terrible book  Oct 20, 2005
After I read other people's review, I bought the book. But after I read the book, I feel disappointed. You can not learn much from the book. If you follow the book, you will lose, especially some pirc lines.
Excellent.  Feb 19, 2004
It has been a year since I wrote my initial review for this book and during this time I have continued to be impressed by the repertoire. Having grown accustomed to the lines stemming from 1.d4 d6 I find them now to be very effective - players of the white pieces seem to be totally unprepared for this system. However the major revelation for me has been the 'endgame system' against 1.e4, found in chapter 33 of the book. This system is presented as an alternative to the pirc for those seeking to avoid having to learn lots of pirc theory. I have found it very useful to use this system while learning the main lines against 1.d4, 1.c4 etc, as it is very easy to learn and solid. What this means is that you can quickly adopt this defence to 1.e4, then work through the rest of the book, then decide whether you wish to adopt the pirc or something else. Another really practical benefit of this repertoire is that it seems to cross so many typical white repertoires, and white players quickly lose their way. Take a look at an average white repertoire book and see how scanty the coverage of 1 ...d6 is. All the more reason to play d6 as black!
For the average chessplayer choosing a dependable opening repertoire presents a difficult task. We know that in order to play the opening well we need a sensible set of variations - but which to choose? The main openings entail so much theory that it seems impossible to absorb them without devoting huge amounts of time to the task. Well in this book two masters propose an interesting and dynamic set of interlocked variations against any white opening that won't take years to learn. Of course this is nothing new - many repertoire books for the black pieces exist. However this one is different from most in that the systems given are very solid, sound and logical.
This is not to say that they are to everyones taste. In fact, while I admire the way this book succeeds so well in its aims I don't feel entirely comfortable with the Pirc (the mainline against 1e4) and find the lines against 1d4 interesting but a little awkward somehow. However this is entirely subjective; given the thoroughness with which the authors treat their material I have no doubt that the lines are solid.
So lets look at the book. Thick, attractively presented, nice layout. The material is VERY complete - these guys take writing a repertoire seriously. Tons of variations but also enough explanation to guide the reader. Besides no book can make a claim to completeness without being laden with variations. In a repertoire book the whole idea is that you never need purchase another opening book and this seems true here. There is a nice move index at the back.
Other reviewers have commented on the actual moves against the various white openings so I won't bother listing those. Suffice to say that because 1.e4 is so popular (at least at amateur level) you had better like the Pirc.
One noteworthy feature of the book is the inclusion of a couple of 'second string' systems along with the main repertoire. While the reader would probably be better off sticking to the main lines its nice to have the option and they make useful surprise weapons.
I really can't fault this book. It is a shining example of how a repertoire book should be written. Its all here: a totally self contained and solid system against any white opening. You won't be able to learn it all in a short time. Work is required but that is true of any improvement in ones chess play. I think five stars for a quality book which delivers exactly what it promises and shows what an opening repertoire book should be like.
Best Book For Black Side  Jun 8, 2002
Maybe not explosive but well written and easy to understand. A lot of diagrams which helps if you don't have the time to play the set ups out on a chess board. A great book to help you get stronger playing the black pieces.
Good book: Yes---- Explosive Repertoire: No  Mar 25, 2002
This is a typical high quality GAMBIT book. It has the sort of things I like in an opening book, i.e., a discussion of the strategical ideas for both sides and a conclusion about each variation. The authors have even included some statistics from their databases which includes number of games, scoring %, elo and performance elo for white for many of the chapters. I checked the results with my Big DataBase 2002 (over 2 million games) and found essentially the same numbers.

The repertoire consists of playing 1...d6 after any white first move. The material is divided among 33 chapters covering various variations. Interestingly 1 d4 d6 2 c4 e5 is scoring 56% for Black! That got my attention. 1.d4 d6 2. Nf3 is met with Bg4, the Hodgson Variation, which appears to be scoring averagely for Black.

Against 1 e4, the main line is the Pirc Defense. My guess is that you will also play a lot of Pircs from 1 d4 d6 2 e4 as well. Recognizing that many players won't want to play the Pirc, the authors offer a couple of alternatives. One is the Czech system 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 c6 which does quite well unless White plays 4 f4, the current main line where white is scoring 59%. Finally, and more promising, is the so-called endgame variation 1 e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 (or f3) e5 4 dxe5 dxe5 5 Qxd8 Kxd8. This endgame is actually quite favorable for Black who wins a slight majority of the games. I should also point out that if the earlier mentioned 1 d4 d6 2 c4 e5 (which got my attention) is continued with 3 dxe5 dxe5 4 Qxd8+ Kxd8 then Black is scoring 67%! Of course White doesn't have to play 3 dxe5, but probably many players will because they erroneously think that forcing Black to forego castling is to their advantage.

All other openings (except 1 f4) are met with 1...d6 2...e5 and 3...f5. These are not mainstream openings and there are not a large number of games in the databases however Black is doing quite well in the games I found.

Apparently the authors did not participate in producing the title to this book. They describe the repertoire as "... Most of the lines are more positional than tactical in nature but they leave a lot of space for creativity and aggressive play by Black. Players who like sharp theoretical and concrete tactical battles where home preparation plays a key role should prefer systems like the Dragon, Najdorf or Grunfeld. For players who don't like endings, our repertoire is hardly optimal although the many endings discussed usually take a rather queenless middlegame nature."

In summary this is a very competent handling of a complete opening repertoire. It is also a repertoire that scores very well (admittedly the Pirc scores only averagely but some alternate systems with ...d6 score better). If you are already a Pirc player, this repertoire seems ideal. If your overall winning strategy is to win in the endgame or you just want to improve or work on your endgame, this is a good repertoire, and a good book for you.


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