First Steps: The Scandinavian by Cyrus Lakdawala The Scandinavian (also known as the Centre Counter Defence) occurs when Black meets White’s 1 e4 with 1 … d5, immediately countering in the centre. White invariably continues with 2 exd5 when Black can choose between two systems, both of which are covered
The Modernized Reti by Adrien Demuth Positional Repertoire The Reti opening has been quite popular in the most recent years. In the ‘Modernized Reti’, Adrien explains how this subtle opening needs to be handled. With many transpositions into different types of positions, it is one of the richest choices White
Kotronias on the King’s Indian Volume 5: Saemisch & the Rest by Vassilios Kotronias The King’s Indian Defence is one of Black’s most combative responses to 1.d4. A favourite of both Fischer and Kasparov, it remains a popular weapon at all levels of play. In this, the fifth and final
e3 Poison by Axel Smith A 21st Century Opening Repertoire Paperback or hardback, 392 pages When Axel Smith was chasing his final Grandmaster norm, he decided he needed a change in his White opening repertoire. Instead of his usual approach of memorizing many concrete moves to try to force an
The Closed Sicilian: Move by Move by Carsten Hansen Paperback, The opponent who answers 1 e4 with an emphatic 1…c5 (The Sicilian Defence) is often looking for a fight. Such players can be highly theoretically prepared and itching to launch into their own pet variations after White has opted for
First Steps: The Modern by Cyrus Lakdawala Paperback, 240 pages The Modern Defence is an important opening that can be played by Black against absolutely any White opening system. It is an ambitious, counterattacking weapon, favoured by dynamic players. White is initially allowed to occupy the centre but Black plans
Attacking the Flexible Sicilian by Vassilios Kotronias & Semko Semkov Paperback, 404 pages, This book presents a full repertoire against open Sicilians with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6. It advocates the modern set-up with Bc1-e3 and Qd1-f3 against the Taimanov, an innovative treatment of the Keres Attack, 5.c4 against the Kan.