Item description for The Cambridge Springs by Krzysztof Panczyk...
The Cambridge Springs is a popular defence to the Queen's Gambit that takes its name from the famous tournament in 1904 during which it was tested in a number of games. Since then it has become firmly established as a club-player's favourite, since Black sets a number of traps and can generate a very quick initiative if White fails to respond precisely. Several world champions have used the Cambridge Springs, most notably Alekhine and Smyslov, while Kasparov has played it on occasion, including a sensationally quick victory over Karpov in 1985. It currently has a good theoretical reputation and is frequently played at grandmaster level.
This is the first major work on the Cambridge Springs. The authors combine thorough research with a wealth of original material to offer comprehensive coverage of this combative system. While the main body of the book covers both sides of the Cambridge Springs, it also offers Black a repertoire against White's alternative options in the Queen's Gambit, the most important of which is the Exchange Variation.
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Krzysztof Panczyk is an International Master, an experienced tournament player and a knowledgeable writer. Jacek Ilczuk is a noted theoretician and powerful correspondence player who was a semi-finalist in the email World Championship.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Cambridge Springs?
objective coverage of an interesting opening for black Mar 12, 2005
There is very little literature on the solid and yet trappy Cambridge Springs variation, a defense for black to the popular Queens Gambit. As a result of this book I have adopted the opening as black in some of my games, and have found my opponents are frequently surprised. As a bonus, there are some nasty pitfalls that white can fall for. During the 1985 world championship Kasparov sprang the Cambridge Springs on Karpov, and won in 32 moves. Considering there is no other decent coverage of the opening (apart from encylopedias) it is fortunate that, in this case, the authors have written such an objective and comprehensive account. OK, it is written deliberately from black's point of view, as an opening repertoire book. But the assessments, as far as I can tell, are honest, and there is a refreshing amount of original analysis. It is also nice to see that care has been taken, to cater for any different move orders that white might try in the opening. Chapters 10 and 11 give a system for black if white tries to avoid the variation completely. If you want an opening that is sound, but still could catch opponents on the wrong foot, then this is the book for you.