Item description for Understanding the Leningrad Dutch by Valeri Beim & Laurence Webb...
The Leningrad System of the Dutch Defense is an interesting hybrid of the Dutch and the King's Indian. For many years, it was viewed with some suspicion in view of the slight positional weaknesses created in Black's position. However, in the 1980s dynamic new approaches were introduced by such players as Sergei Dolmatov, Evgeny Bareev, Mikhail Gurevich and especially Vladimir Malaniuk. These players showed how an active approach could compensate for these defects, and offer Black excellent winning chances. Since then, the Leningrad has been a popular and effective opening choice for players of all levels.
A good understanding of the themes of the Leningrad is at least as important as detailed knowledge of its theory. Valeri Beim has a wealth of experience with the Leningrad Dutch and is an accomplished trainer, so is ideally qualified to guide the reader through the twists and turns of this remarkable opening.
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Valeri Beim is a grandmaster who lives in Austria. He has won numerous tournaments and plays in the Austrian and German leagues. For many years he was the head trainer at the chess school in Odessa, and he was also the trainer of the Israeli Olympiad team.
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Misleading Title Mar 26, 2004
One would think that a book whose title contained the word "Understanding" would be full of explanations of the strategic and/or tactical ideas in a given position. This is sadly not so.
This book does have some of those explanations, but not anywhere near as many as one would expect. I read through several chapters, and I found myself not only still lacking understanding of the covered lines, but unimpressed by the book and the opening itself as well (the latter is probably because I lack the understanding I should be getting!). One particular example is "the position is now very sharp, and both sides should be fully aware of the latest theoretical developments." It stops there; gee, I thought I was supposed to be learning something.
On the positive side, the author does cover the critical lines thoroughly. However, the coverage is mostly in variation-by-variation form and wanting in clear explanation. This might be helpful to a strong player who could understand what was going on, but not to the rest of us.
In short, do not buy this book if you are hoping to have your eyes opened to the beauty of the Leningrad Dutch and gain a healthy understanding of it. You will find yourself disappointed [...].