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.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Queen's Indian?
Excellent May 5, 2005
This is an excellent opening book that provides a very good balance between variations and verbal explanations. Most importantly: The authors do not shy away from making clear judgements about the different lines - which one is good or bad, which one drawish, etc. This exercise is in fact the only justification for producing an opening book in the age of the databases.
a milestone in chess openings books Nov 10, 2003
Gambit strikes again: here it is one more opening book you - >2000 chess player - can't live without. The book presents 288 pages, divided along 11 chapters, an introduction and an index of variations. The first chapter is a strategic introduction highlighting 8 situations who are peculiar to this defence: it will be very useful to the lower rated players. Respect to the typical Gambit presentation, the introduction is the novelty here, it says that this British publishing house intends to gain the attention of lower rated players usually attracted by the more simple frame presented by Everyman books: as a fact the detailed explanation part isn't confined to the introduction, but all along the book you'll find words explaining what's goin' on. The two finnish authors talk about the state of the art in all the main variation not forgetting the so-called Nimzo-Indian Hybrid who is actually very popular among White players desiring to avoid main theoretical lines, you'll find 40 pages about it. As usual with Gambit opening books, we have plenty of stuff, tons of games and analysis. You won't find complete games, of course: this is the gambit style who allows their authors filling books with a lot of strictly opening theory, you can find complete games anywhere. Overall this is a great book and it will be the starting point for every chess player interested into the QID for many years to come, a rare accomplishment in the era of huge databases.