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Leningrad System: A Complete Weapon Against 1 d4: Black Repertoire for Tournament Players (Progress in Chess) [Paperback]

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The Leningrad System is one of the sharpest and most interesting replies to 1 d4, and since this typical set-up is also playable against the flank openings 1 c4 and 1 If3, it provides the Black player with a genuine universal weapon. Ee8 in the main line of the Leningrad System is presented here, but since the typical motifs and ideas for both sides are fully explained, White players too will benefit from a study of the book.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.18 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Edition Olms
ISBN  3283004781  
ISBN13  9783283004781  

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First off, I have been torn deciding between the Kings Indian Defence or The Dutch (The Grunfeld is a waste of time as it is hardly seen on GM level and it is highly drawish-not that its a bad opening). I used to play queens gambit declined as it was relatively easy to play but I could not STAND the positions that arouse from it. It lacked excitment. The Kings Indian Defence I experimented with awhile and found everyone played it. Most 1.d4 players had their pet variation picked out against it be it the Four Pawns, Fianchetto, or Samisch. I also found out how hard it is too play and how much time it takes to master this opening plus one has to be prepared for The Colle, London, and The Trompowsky.
Now when I started looking at The Dutch, I immediately saw the Leningrad system, the most bloodthirstiest of the Dutch systems (e.g Stonewall, and Classical). Now I also want to say is how unprepared the average 1.d4 player is against the Dutch. Think about it. If you play 1.d4 your going to spend most of your time preparing for the Nimzo, Kings Indian Grunfeld, Queens Gambit Declined (Tarrasch, Slav, Semi-Slav...ect.) and The Queens Gambit Accepted. Your hardly going to look at the Dutch but then all of a sudden BAM! You bust out your well informed dutch against a cheeky, stupid, boring, positional 1.d4 player and then what does he do? He starts to feel uncomftorable as you lead him into your territory where tactical understanding and dynamic play ruins his hopes for a pathetic, boring positional game as most cases are with 1.d4 players. Even the Kings Indian there are some lines which tend to become positional because of the 1.d4 player's ability to choose from several quiet lines that really mess up the KID player such as the Fianchetto Variation. Seriously its been doing really well against the KID.
With that being said, the Dutch Leningrad is hard to play as well but its well worth it if you put the time into studying it and unlocking its full potential. This book does an amazing job and presenting the ideas and keys moves and plans for black while giving you recommendations for all of white's side lines. Its a fully workably reportiore. Some of the moves in the Dutch are difficult to find if you don't have an idea of the general plan of the variation. This book does an excellent job of that. I have The Dutch for the Attacking Player as well which is also very good. The author scored a Grandmaster norm at the age of 16 using the Leningrad. Although I feel he doesn't provide you with enough explanations of what's going on. This book is newer and up-to-date. My recommendation is to practice extensively with the Dutch before you introduce it into tournament play. Play games online or with your chess program(fritz, ect...I have the superior Hiarcs 10). If you introduce it to quickly without basic undertsand you won't do too well. White will continue with what he knows( 1.d4 2.c4 3.Nc3 4. Nf3 ect...) those are basic logical moves. All im saying is please prepare before you introduce it. I hoped this reveiw helped even though it was more on the opening itself than on the book lol. Im an openings expert and I hoped this aided you on which opening to play against 1.d4. You'll be blasting your oponents off the board. I also play the French and The English... I would seriously look into John Watson's Play the French, 3rd and Tony Kosten's The Dynamic English.
It's brilliant - really!  May 27, 2007
I like this book because of the author's confidence in recommending lines that work. I found the Bg5 and Staunton ideas to be very helpful.

It started well with a section on thematic positions and the associated tactics likely to occur. You could then spot these in the games to follow. The author also suggests lines for white though I like the Karlsbad Nh3 and Leningrad Stonewall ideas for white too.

The publishers have done an excellent job in layout, diagrams, typefaces etc. ('Quality in Chess' eg Experts vs the Sicilian, please take note of how it should be done!)

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