Item description for The Petroff (Gambit Chess) by Lasha Janjgava...
The Petroff has for a long time been regarded as a very solid defence. Black avoids the perils of the Scotch, the Italian Game and above all the dreaded Ruy Lopez, and instead opts to neutralize White's initiative with active piece-play. In the Petroff, it is quite common for Black to launch an early counterattack, often gambiting a pawn to do so. For many years, the Petroff enjoyed a steady following, with Karpov, Ivanchuk, Timman, Anand and in particular Yusupov among its supporters at the top level. Since 1998, however, the Petroff's popularity has soared, following its adoption by Vladimir Kramnik, who has played it regularly and considerably reinforced its theoretical standing. In this book, Janjgava gives a complete and detailed picture of the Petroff, taking recent developments fully into account. Readers will be fully equipped to take on either side of the Petroff with confidence in their own games.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Gambit Publications
ISBN 1901983463 ISBN13 9781901983463
Reviews - What do customers think about The Petroff (Gambit Chess)?
Excellent & Comprehensive Coverage Apr 28, 2007
For better or worse, this is still the best book available on the Russian (Petroff) Defence. To address a prior review, one reason why a book on this defence does not provide lugubrious explanation is because the Russian defence is one of the most straightforward and simple to play, if you already have a good grounding in opening theory with regard to Open Games comijng from symettrical pawn structures. The primary idea behind this openining from move two is one of the more straightfoward and (possibly the most) simplistic: negate white's first move advantage by attacking the hanging e-pawn, thus producing instant counterplay for black.
The Gambit publishing method for openings is far superior to the complete games format used by other publishers (despite their popularity). When it comes to finding variations, learning new variations, and using the book as an aftergame reference for post-mortems and analysis, the complete game format is lacking as it often keeps the best lines deeply buried in side variations of the presented games.
Not so with this book. The lines are clear, as are the author's recommendations and evaluations.
It is not a book for beginners, but neither is the Petroff an opening for beginners. Also, it is not a repertoire book, but a reference book of current Petroff theory, and it covers all the bases, from obscure side-lines to both main lines (3. d4 and 3.Nxe5 variations).
Rich in variations, lacking in explanations Mar 1, 2003
Unless you're a high Class A player, you'd do well to avoid this one. It's practically an encyclopedia of the Petroff Defense, comprehensive in its presentation of variations and sub-variations--just the kind of opening guide that average players DON'T need.
This book bucks a trend in opening works published in recent years in that it's very high on notation, quite low on words that explain the ideas behind the opening. To paraphrase Lev Alburt, former U.S. chess champion and respected teacher and author, opening theory changes with the times, but ideas remain constant.
Sadly, to my knowledge, I can't think of a reasonable alternative to this guide for those interested in the Petroff. Titles by Dvoretsky and Karpov follow along similar lines. My guess is that this opening hasn't yet gained enough respect and/or credibility ("playability," for want of a better word) to inspire a book that explains the "whys" behind this ambitious defense.