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Delchev - Delchev's Practical Opening Repertoire ( The Scandinavian, Pirc & Modern Defenses) Volume 1

Q&A with the author, Alexander Delchev:

What does it take to become an expert in opening preparation? 

How can we learn the secret methods which allow the top players to dominate everyone else in the opening? 

Books can hardly be useful in this regard because modern books on openings, regardless of the level of the author, are very standard and straightforward. The title of this book claims to answer this question. Your author will then back up his claim with proof in the form of analysis from a strong engine. You are then left to decide whether or not to include these ideas in your opening repertoire. 

What is missing is some sort of guidance and advice relating to what sorts of tour­naments and against what sorts of players this idea should be employed. Moreover, every one of you has likely noticed that even the best opening idea still has a rela­tively short life span and can hardly be used in more than a few games. So far I have published about 10 books on openings and for me it is not a problem to publish another 10 or even more. However, in the modern era I believe the lifespan of an opening book is incredibly short as new games are constantly being played and new ideas are being found. 1 feel it would be much more useful to you if I uncover a new approach to opening preparation, which will be more long-lasting and will improve your play as well. 

The method of opening preparation I have used throughout my entire chess-playing career {1997 - 2018) allowed me, with relatively little effort, to be unpredictable the re by winning the psychological battle of the opening. Luring my opponents into prepared opening tricks and traps was great fun !  314 p.

In the method which I will introduce you to in this book, the first and most im­portant aspect is adapting your approach to each individual opponent and perfect prediction of the opponent's opening choice, to the smallest details. 


€40.52 Price

Soszynski - Double trouble scandinavian style (two repertoires for black)

The book is in three parts. Part One, besides introducing the book generally, covers the very first moves of the Scandinavian Defense and White’s early deviations. Anyone who plays the Scandinavian will find this section quite helpful. Then Part Two covers Qd6 + g6 systems, while Part Three covers the very different Nf6 system. 176 pages

€30.09 Price

COX - Starting out : Alekhine's Defence

''Même problème ici que pour le Starting out : Modern Benoni sorti simultanément : comment différencier ce livre d'une monographie classique? Et pour tout dire, pas vraiment ici de réponse claire - seul l'habituel corpus des ''''Warnings'''', ''''Tips'''', ''''Theoretical status'''' et tutti quanti rappelle que l'on se trouve dans un Starting out. Reste donc une monographie sérieuse, complète et didactique (même si le style de l'auteur est parfois un peu confus) sur un sujet original, passionnant et rarement traité - le Alekhine's Defence de Davies, seul sur le marché jusqu'à présent, ayant tout de même bientôt quatre ans.''
€21.23 Price

HOUSKA - Starting Out : the Scandinavian

Retour à du plus digeste (donc sans doute plus utile au joueur lambda) - encore que les Starting out tendent à prendre de l'embonpoint, avec le temps. Oui, je sais : sont pas les seuls Bref, celui-ci nous cause Scandinave (je parle de l'ouverture, évidemment : le texte est toujours en anglais), et consacre trois parts à peu près égales à la variante classique (3Da5), aux variantes ' prudentes ' (surtout 3Dd6) et à l'alternative 2Cf6. Complet, donc.

€22.64 Price

BAUER - Play 1...b6

Oui, c’est bien le Bauer que vous croyez. Comme quoi les joueurs français aussi peuvent écrire des livres... en anglais, of course. En quatre sections (1.e4 b6, 1.d4 b6, 1.c4 b6 et 1.Cf3 b6) et 82 parties complètes, notre Christian national nous raconte tout sur une ouverture multiforme qu’il est un des rares à pratiquer au plus haut niveau. Les analyses sont très fouillées, et je doute que l’on trouve mieux sur le sujet avant longtemps...
€21.23 Price