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Opening for White According to Anand vol. My colleagues asked me often sometimes ironically, sometimes with genuine interest whether I had managed to refute the Chelyabinsk variation and when that refutation would be published?
Here, I must admit: no, I have not refuted the Chelyabinsk variation. Frankly speaking, I have not even tried to do that. Having that in mind, I decided to try something different and that was to systematize the amassed material and knowledge and to point out the most unpleasant lines for Black. The first part covers variations arising after the moves 1. Nf3 Nc6 and especially the Kalashnikov. In answer to Nc6, just like after the majority of the basic lines, he recommends the most principled answer for White — 3.
Parts 2 and 3 deal with systems arising after 1. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nxd4 e6. In the basic tabia of the Paulsen system 5. Nc3 Qc7 Khalifman advocates the aggressive set-up, which has become nowadays an almost universal plan in numerous lines of the Sicilian Defence. It includes Be3, followed by Qd2, castling long and a kingside attack. All that is too schematic, since Black has numerous plans at his disposal, but the author believes that White can rely on obtaining the advantage thanks to several very important original novelties and principally new ideas in the main lines.
The author devotes special attention to 2…b6, which is in fact much better than its reputation as well as to the Nimzovic — Rubinstein system 2…Nf6, in answer to which Khalifman recommends 3.
Nc3, after which the game usually transposes to the main lines in most of the cases. It is worth mentioning that although it is a rare guest in the serious tournaments, it is frequently played in blitz games including in Internet too. The author recommends 3. The third part of the book deals with some rarely played lines after 1.
Nf3 e6 3. Systems like 2…e6 3. Nxd4 Qb6 4…Bc5 as well as the Sicilian attack 2…e6 3. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 require from White exact knowledge of long forced lines. Finally, the fourth part of this book is devoted to the Paulsen-Kann system 2…e6 3. Nxd4 a6. This variation is regularly played by Svidler, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Rublevsky, Smirin and many other strong grandmasters and it is one of the really popular lines of the Sicilian Defence. Khalifman recommends to White to counter it with 5.
The order of moves is often not so important in that pawn-structure, but you must have an excellent idea about the possible plans for you and your opponent. The author has found plenty of new and fresh ideas in the most popular variation nowadays - 5. Bd3 Bc5 which doubtlessly will be of special interest for the reader.
Nc3 Bb4. Khalifman writes: "I will completely agree that the systems 3. Nd2 have their advantages as well, but I am taking the responsibility to recommend to you to study and to play the most principled move for White and that is 3.
Well, I understand that the devotees to that active knight-move must know a lot of theoretical variations, but I can assure you,this move creates most of all problems for Black and it provides White with greatest chances to obtain an opening advantage.
Bb4 disrupts immediately the natural balance on the board. He is ready to exchange a bishop for a knight; meanwhile White will have the kingside as his field for actions. In general, we can say that system, particularly after: 4. Still, he cannot play that variation relying just on common sense. White must know plenty of forced lines and the perfect place to find them is this book! Nc3 de4, Nf6 and other moves.
In fact, that same piece might become sometimes extremely unpleasant for White in case the position gets opened. Black is often perfectly capable to solve the problem of the safety of his king by a profound theoretical knowledge. If I have to summarize, I will have to mention that the French Defence is a quite interesting and unique opening in which both opponents must solve difficult problems right after the very beginning of the game and most of these problems are characteristic only for that particular opening.
Of course, it is absolutely necessary to know thoroughly the opening theory, but the all-round understanding of the arising pawn-structures and the complex strategy of that opening should combine with an extensive practical experience. I hope the book will enrich your understanding of the French Defence too, because that opening has a special place in contemporary chess and quite deservedly so.
In fact, most of the chess-professionals consider the systems that we have analyzed in this volume as simply incorrect. It is maybe the Alekhine Defence, which can be spared such definite evaluation, but this would be probably only due to the reputation of this outstanding chess-genius.
It is hardly worth denying that Black would eventually fail to equalize after moves like Many less experienced players have encountered opponents at club-level who solve their opening problems once and for all, by avoiding the endless complicated lines of the Ruy Lopez, or the Sicilian Defence and instead respond to 1. Nc6 Nf6 and take care only about all immediate refutation attempts? The author has written this book for these particular players with the hope that it might be really useful for them.
I would not venture to guarantee you winning your games with White, but you are going to have the opening advantage - be sure about that! These systems have proved their right of existence, despite the numerous attempts to refute them once and for all. The positions are so diverse strategically and so rich tactically that they deserve a separate volume.
Black avoids early clashes and narrows his "sphere of influence" to only three ranks. The 14th World Champion Khalifman recommends against the majority of the flank systems schemes with f2-f4 which provide additional control over the centre. He included in this fundamental work plenty of new and original analyses which surely will cause Black a lot of trouble!
It has the reputation as the opening of the chess-academics. Capablanca, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Karpov - this list of great chess-champions that have been life-long devotees of the Caro-Kann Defence can be easily extended. The reliability of that opening has been proven in a period of decades and presently in the 21 century, the Caro-Kann Defence is enjoying its second third The first part covers some rare systems like 1.
The next three parts are devoted to the main Caro-Kann lines. The final chapters examine the Scandinavian Defence which is definitely one of the neglected sidelines of the contemporary opening theory. However matters are in fact far from simple and the widespread opinion that after 1. It examines various rare openings after 1.
Nf3, but the focus is on the Petroff Defense and the Ruy Lopez without Very topical after the match Kasparov - Kramnik is the Berlin Defense. A high-class opening study.
Rahul Pawar marked it as to-read Sep 18, You see, after winning the title it was no longer so easy to travel to some run-of-the-mill open tournament without special conditions. We do not assert that the Dragon has been refuted, but we are practically convinced that Black has great problems to solve in all the variations and the players for the White side, who have studied this book thoroughly will be completely prepared to face all possible intricacies khaljfman this opening system. All that is too schematic, since Black has numerous plans at his disposal, but the author believes that White can rely on obtaining the advantage thanks to several very important original novelties and principally new ideas in the main lines. Did she ever try playing chess? Bc4 various without The 14th World Champion Khalifman recommends against the majority of the flank systems schemes with f2-f4 which provide additional control over the centre. Still, all this is usually connected with a loss of tempi for him, or positional concessions and Black fails to solve his opening problems in this fashion as a rule.
Majora Nc6 would have been winning for Black. In this book we have analyzed the more aggressive plan 5. Perhaps the way things went turned out to be your salvation? Thank you for providing these translations, they are wonderful compared to the typical article published in the West.
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Opening for White According to Anand vol. My colleagues asked me often sometimes ironically, sometimes with genuine interest whether I had managed to refute the Chelyabinsk variation and when that refutation would be published? Here, I must admit: no, I have not refuted the Chelyabinsk variation. Frankly speaking, I have not even tried to do that. Having that in mind, I decided to try something different and that was to systematize the amassed material and knowledge and to point out the most unpleasant lines for Black. The first part covers variations arising after the moves 1.
But from my childhood I recall the colossal impression that the city centre made on me, with all the history gathered together there. If you already have an account, you should login now. A rare qualityit has to be said! In answer to The positions are so diverse strategically and so rich tactically that they deserve a separate volume. It has the reputation as the opening of the chess-academics. Nf5 against Anand and White had won a complicated struggle; The first part of the book analyzes some seldom played lines on move two for Black.