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In addition to the Pirc, the first part of the book covers all possible set-ups in which White refrains from the moves 1.e4 and 1.d4, namely: 1.f4, 1.b3, 1.b4 (Chapter 1), 1.Nf3 (Chapter 2), 1.c4 (Chapters 3, 4). The second part of the book (Chapters 5-9) is devoted to opening schemes in which White does play 1.d4, but then he does not follow up with c2-c4. This is the Trompowsky Attack (d4, Bg5) and the London System (d4, Nf3, Bf4).”
The second volume of the Black repertoire is dedicated to the King’s Indian Defense
In the second volume of this repertoire set GM Kornev analyzes Caro-Kann as well as openings where White doesn’t play 1.e4 or 1.d4
The combination of the Slav Defense and the Caro-Kann Defense enables Black to facilitate his defense in the opening and to avoid numerous unpleasant schemes for him. For example, after 1.c4, he can simply play 1…c6, without being afraid of 2.e4. In the above mentioned London System, after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3, Black has the resource 3…cxd4 4.exd4, after which there arises by transposition a variation from the Caro-Kann Defense which is practically harmless for Black.
…we deal with the openings in which Black fianchettoes his dark-squared bishop
The Nimzo-Indian and Other Defences.
This book consists of eleven chapters devoted to different variations of the all-purpose defence for Black 1.d4 d6.
In this book, Cohen has created a vibrant and robust opening repertoire for Black after 1…e5, based on the Petroff Defence. Cohen presents inventive ways for Black to fight for the initiative in this dependable opening. He covers the entire spectrum, the main variations as well as the most unexpected and bizarre sidelines.
Gormally shares the inner workings of the chess world – a world riven with insecurities, strange social customs and petty rivalries, while casting his analytical eye on topics as disparate as eccentric waiters, strange Amsterdam zoos and inspiring mountain passes.
IM Bonin offers the answers to practical questions that every chessplayer faces as the clock is ticking.