|Sat Feb 9 2008 2:31PM | edited: 2:14:25 | MsgID: 8612767|
I present my review of the following book:
Play 1...Nc6!: A complete chess opening repertoire for Black (Everyman Chess)
By Christoph Wisnewski, Publisher:Everyman Chess
The book is a complete repertoire for black. On 1.d4 and 1.e4 you get the typical Nimzowitsch systems (Chigorin defence and Nimzowitsch defence respectively). Therefore it is advicable to read "My System" from Nimzowitsch as well. Also 1.c4 and 1.Pf3 are covered in this book, but there you don't get the typical Nimzowitsch style.
The writer uses a lot of fully annotated games (77) to explain the idea's in the various openings and variations.
The book is very well structured: The writer uses 'parts' for 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4 and 1.Pf3. Each part is divided in seperate chapters for all lines used in that particular opening. Each part starts with a detailed description of the strategic concepts. It is very advisable to read these strategic concepts. Understanding of these concepts often leads you to the right move in the openings. At the end of each chapter there is a summary of the lines discussed with the conclusion how good that line is. Also a small index of variations and used games is in that summary.
As the annotations of the games often leads to sub-variations, you can use this book both as learning-book for the 1... Pc6-repertoire as well as look-up material to find certain lines. For learning, just play the games and the general variations.
It is a good book in my view, but maybe some readers may raise some eyebrowses in lines like the one called 'el Columpio' where black in some cases is left with a double isolated h-pawn, e.g. 1 e4 Nc6 2 Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Ng4 4. d4 d6 5 h3 Nh6 6. e6 fe6 7. Bxh6 gxh6 , but that is a matter of taste...
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