By John Watson

ISBN-10: 1906454302

ISBN-13: 9781906454302

Such has been the approval for John Watson's ground-breaking works on smooth chess procedure and his insightful starting books, that it's only ordinary that he now provides a strategic starting repertoire.

It is the chess-player's holy grail: a versatile repertoire that offers competitors genuine difficulties yet does not require plenty of memorization or continuous examine of ever-changing grandmaster conception. whereas this e-book cannot fairly promise all of that, Watson bargains an exciting collection of traces that supply gigantic scope for over-the-board creativity and will by no means bring about a lifeless draw.

The repertoire is predicated on 1 d4 and a couple of c4, following up with methodical play within the centre. Watson makes use of his huge commencing wisdom to select crafty move-orders and toxic sequences that may strength rivals to imagine for themselves, supplying a real attempt of chess figuring out. all through, he discusses techniques for each side, so readers can be absolutely able to pounce on any inaccuracies, and feature all of the instruments to choose the main acceptable plans for White.

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Txb2? :td2 'ii'e6 (20... tf6 22 ti:Jd5. e6 1 7 lt:Jxe7+ 'ilfxe7 1 8 'ilfe4 llxd l + ( 1 8 ... :td8 20 l:tc l , Bodiroga-Jovancic, Pancevo 2005. White has a pawn-up ending with opposite-coloured bish­ ops; probably not enough to win against accu­ rate defence, but nevertheless giving chances in a real game. trs (D) B w Now the play becomes concrete: d 1 ) 1 2 ... e I ti:Jb6 ( 1 4 .. 'ii'c8 1 5 'ili'b5 ! tf4! th3?! tc5 1 7 lt:Je6! :tac8? tc5 22 ti:Jde2 ±. d2) 1 2 ... xd5 ! :tfd8 ( l4... ti:Jxd5 1 5 lt:Jxd5 might transpose, and White This is the traditional main line of the Tar­ rasch Defence, played in thousands of games.

It is one of those high-class waiting moves that appears to do little, but makes a few modest improvements without allowing the opponent anything con­ crete to latch onto. l'Llb4, a move which appears in several of the main lines and is relevant should White play 'ili'c2. 39 Next, it creates an escape-hatch, so that if it were White's move, he could play 14 'ili'b3 ! e6 with 1 6 l'Llcb5, for exam­ ple. That's a threat which has to be dealt with, but more importantly, White strengthens his grip on the dark squares, which is the issue in so many of the main lines of the Tarrasch.

Txd5 22 ifc2, as in Kotsur-Namir, Ha Long City 2009, give White a slight advantage) 1 8 e3, and although Black's position is tough to crack, he does have six isolated pawns, four of them doubled, and I suspect that the great majority of players would take White if given the choice! :td l ! , 20... :tfe8 22 l2Jbl ! :tdc I �xd2 26 'ii'xd2 t, again because of Black's many weak pawns and mediocre bishop. c5 Because of what follows, Schandorff thinks that Black should try l 5 ... :tc2 �f5 17 e4 (D).

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