Item description for Gambit Guide to the Bogo-Indian (Gambit Chess) by Steffen Pedersen...
The Bogo-Indian is one of the most solid defences at Black's disposal. The unique GAMBIT system makes it easy to use the book to the maximum practical advantage. Quick Summaries introduce the main themes of each system, where appropriate suggesting a coherent repertoire of reliable lines. Whether you're looking for a quick introduction to an opening system for surprise use, a refresher course in a favourite opening or to research an opening deeply, the GAMBIT guide is the ideal choice. Other Gambit titles: Test Your Chess, The Botvinnik Semi-Slav, The Meran System, The Main Line French: 3 Nc3, The French: Tarrasch Variation, French: Advance and Other Lines, The Gambit Guide to the Benko Gambit.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Gambit Guide to the Bogo-Indian (Gambit Chess)?
Bogo A Go-Go Dec 4, 2007
Chess book reviews by people that do not understand that chess takes hard work are always stilted, myopic, and completely worthless.
This book is very good. If you play the NID, or QID and want to add the Bogo, OR if you play the white side and want to play 3.Nf3 and avoid the NID, then this book is most worthwhile.
People that need shallow and superficial treatments, and specifically -- recomendations on what to play (i.e. direct repertoire books) -- are not playing chess. Yes, they are moving the pieces, but it is the allegorical equivalent of painting by numbers and then crowing about your sublime creativity and handling of color.
I guess that's the crux with these non-professional reviews. Most people doing the reviewing think that just because a book is not for them, it is not a good book; and that type of reasoning is just fallacious, and self absorbed.
Good book. Not great. But, currently the best (in English) on the subject matter.
~ Richard DeCredico
If bcmchess likes it, I think it can't be all that bad... Aug 24, 2005
I've not bought this book yet, but after reading the review from 'Ole Richard Tuft "Tufturk"' here at this site.com I just had to show another, more professional, comment to "Gambit Guide to the Bogo-Indian" I've found at [...]:
"The Bogo-Indian (or Bogoljubow Defence, as it is occasionally called) arising after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Bb4+ is still something of a well-kept secret as far as the majority of players are concerned, as it is still perceived as the country cousin of the Queen's Indian (3 ... b6). It also has the reputation of being slightly dull. However, while it may not be what Ruud Gullit would exactly call 'sexy chess', it certainly gets plenty of sound positions and is used by a wide range of top players, from Korchnoi and Timman to Adams and Andersson. Steffen Pedersen's no-nonsense guide is a good introduction for the club player and serious student alike, with a good summary of pawn structures and typical plans for both sides at the start of each chapter. Variations are also given a certain character, so we also learn that 4 Nbd2 is 'ambitious', whilst the tricky line 4 Bd2 c5 is 'aggressive'.
Pedersen has gone a long way to attempting a complete repertoire coverage, as transpositions to the Nimzo-Indian after 4 Nc3 are covered, so that there is no need go and 'see another book'. This approach seems to have been followed throughout, but occasionally Pedersen does feel the need to draw his line in the sand, such as in the chapter on the Catalan Bogo (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 Bb4+): '4 Nc3 is a 4 g3 Nimzo-Indian and really outside the scope of this book'. Despite this slight limitation (which would be hard to conquer within the allotted number of pages anyway), Pedersen's explanation of ideas really is first class, and should prove very handy for those who want a solid defence where knowledge of the key ideas is much more important than line-by-line memory work."
I hope this will convince people who are concidering buying this book not to let "Ole Richard Tuft "Tufturk" talk them out off it.
If I ever buy it myself, I'll be back to give you my own opinion regarding this book (by the way, if you wonna lay your hands on a book about the Bogo-Indian, this one is about the only one I've come across...).
Uninspired Jan 4, 2005
In the introduction, Pedersen states: "I do not think that the Bogo-Indian is a difficult opening to learn. ...Very few precise variations have to be memorized and in most cases one can get by with a general understanding of the strategic principles." While this is true, it completely contradicts the contents of the book! Being a book in the Gambit "Guide to..." series, it shuns illustrative games in favor of presenting indexed variations. Each chapter is prefaced by a presentation of typical pawn structures and planning for both sides, but these explanatory passages are so brief and generalised that they are of little use at all.
Another problem is how the material is divided up: 4.Nbd2 gets 32 pages of coverage, while 94 pages are allotted to 4.Bd2. Obviously, 4.Bd2 is more common (my database suggests that it occurs about twice as often), but this seems a bit unfair. The important transposition to the Nimzo-Queens Indian hybrid after 4.Nc3 gets 16 pages, and the Catalan-Bogo a mere 7 pages.
I don't feel that this book has advanced my understanding of the Bogo-Indian, neither has it inspired me to play the opening. I get lost in subvariations and put off by the lack of clear recommendations from the author (lots of "possibles" and "maybe's"). Pedersens "Guide to the Benko Gambit" is a better book (though it uses the same format. Perhaps the Benko is more suited for it, anyway he seems to put more soul into it), and especially "Dutch for the Attacking player". For treatment of the Bogo-Indian, I encourage you to look elsewhere.