ChessPub 2018 Book of the Year!
International Master Christof Sielecki has created a reliable set of opening lines for chess players of almost all levels. The major objective is to dominate Black from the opening, by simple means. You don’t need to sacrifice anything or memorize long tactical lines. Unless Black plays something stupid, when tactics are the simplest punishment.
Sielecki developed this repertoire working with students who were looking for something that was easy to understand and easy to learn. Most of the lines he selected are occasionally played by grandmasters, but on the whole they lie outside the mainstream of opening theory. That means that there is hardly any need to monitor theoretical developments.
Sielecki always clearly explains the plans and counterplans and keeps you focussed on what the position requires. Ambitious players rated 1500 or higher will get great value out of studying this extremely accessible book.
Christof Sielecki is an International Master from Germany. He has been teaching and training chess for many years, and runs a popular YouTube channel called ChessExplained .
Part I: Open Games: 1.e4 e5
Chapter 1: 2.Nf3: rare lines
Chapter 2: Philidor's Defence: 2.Nf3 d6
Chapter 3: Petroff Defence: 2.Nf3 Nf6
Chapter 4: Three Knights Game: 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3
Chapter 5: Scotch Four Knights: 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4
Chapter 6: 4...exd4 5.Nxd4
Chapter 7: 4...exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4
Chapter 8: 5...Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.h3
Part II: Sicilian Defence: 1.e4 c5
Chapter 9: Rossolimo Variation: 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, sidelines
Chapter 10: Rossolimo with 3...g6
Chapter 11: Rossolimo with 3...e6
Chapter 12: Rossolimo with 3...d6
Chapter 13: Moscow Variation: 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7
Chapter 14: Moscow Variation with 3...Bd7
Chapter 15: 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3
Chapter 16: 2.Nf3: other lines
Part III: Caro-Kann Defence: 1.e4 c6
Chapter 17: 2.Nc3: sidelines
Chapter 18: Two Knights: 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4
Chapter 19: Two Knights with 3...Bg4
Chapter 20: Two Knights with 3...Nf6
Part IV: French Defence: 1.e4 e6
Chapter 21: Exchange Variation: 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3, rare lines
Chapter 22: Exchange Variation with 4...Bd6
Chapter 23: Exchange Variation with 4...Nf6
Chapter 24: Exchange Variation with 4...Bg4/4...Nc6
Part V: 1.e4: other moves
Chapter 25: Pirc Defence: 1...d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6
Chapter 26: Modern Defence: 1...g6
Chapter 27: Philidor and rare lines after 1...d6
Chapter 28: Scandinavian: 1...d5 2.exd5, rare lines
Chapter 29: Scandinavian: 2...Qd5 3.Nc3 Qd8
Chapter 30: Scandinavian: 2...Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5
Chapter 31: Alekhine's Defence: 1...Nf6
Chapter 32: 1.e4: rare lines
Index of players
Explanation of symbols
Figurine Notation, 364 Seiten, 2018, kartoniert, englisch.