23 Aug Do you know a book, which is similar to’A Strategic Chess Repertoire for White’ by Watson meaning that: it covers similar openings (1.d4. A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White by John Watson is something rare these days. Not so long the idea of writing a comprehensive opening. A Strategic Opening Repertoire for White offers everything the 1.d4 player needs if he wants a sound but dynamic set of systems. We’re not talking just 1.d4 d5.

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Aug 23, 9. But black does have to be a strtaegic good player both with the initiative and in playing tricky queenless middlegames come endings.

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More importantly, these main lines tend to be dynamic and tactically-dependent, which requires a lot of memorization and then diligent monitoring of the latest developments, only to arrive at equality anyway. He goes on to recommend 6.

If you are planning on building a chess culture to become a strong player, you will want to begin reading game collections early on. Sometimes Watson seems a bit hesitant regarding his favourite continuation, such as in the line 1. Strattegic the Nimzo-Indian, Watson again takes the pragmatic approach and recommends the healthy Rubinstein setup 4.

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Watson shows that 7. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Log in to post comments. Anonymous 5 years 11 months ago Permalink. Weekly digest for download. I was very curious as to how he was going to meet the Benko Gambit.

Loek Van Wely Predrag Nikolic 1. Bg5 is being investigated right now but is probably most useful for learning many of the themes of the Exchange Variation of the Gruenfeld without having to learn the more heavily analysed lines. Ditto the Anti-Chigorin line 1. Playing the Queen’s Gambit – Lars Schandorff. When creating a a strategic chess opening repertoire for white, the author should try his best to allow transpositions between openings a strategic chess opening repertoire for white this case, the KID to the Benoni to merge into each other in seamless fashion.


MindControl 21 min ago. Interestingly Schandorff himself is about to produce a second edition of his book if I read right along with a second book which extends coverage further lines covered in John’s book and he has apparently had quite a bit of success following his own approach so it definitely is horses for courses.

Not so long the idea of writing a comprehensive opening repertoire book just a little under pages seemed pretty reasonable, but the bar was reset with the publication of a massive two-volume work repertoiire pages on 1. There’s some tricky stuff about in this variation and a new book on it. Watson does not agree. Chess is supposed to be fun.

‘A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White’ easier than Watson

Bd2but mentions that 6. Don’t fear your opponent’s openings, beat them. White doesn’t have an easy time threading his way to an repeertoire if there is one at all and whilst black has to play well to make it work white can’t avoid making some pretty critical decisions.

Moreover, a strategic chess opening repertoire for white is a strategic chess opening repertoire for white repertoire that will stand the test of time. White can’t entirely avoid complications. Anti-Meran system with an early b3 Tarrasch: Actually, he also recommends 6. His recommendation, in most cases, is to simply follow up with 2.

It sounds like you need to talk to someone and get stuff off your chest. Main line with 7 Bd3 Slav: Yves Marek Vladimir Kramnik 1. John Watson, best known for his openinv books Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy and Chess Strategy in Actionhas always shown a special interest in the strategic side of chess openings in both above-mentioned books, his focus is clearly on the earliest phase of the middle game and I have reviewed a few of his opening books in the past.


As I said earlier, repertoire books are not so relevant at that level.

The index below gives an idea of how the veteran American International Master gets the job done. Watson uses his vast opening knowledge to pick cunning move-orders and poisonous sequences that will force opponents to think for themselves, providing a true test of chess understanding.

A final observation on opening books.

One thing I like is that he generally takes a solid approach but he doesn’t back down against aggressive systems like the Benoni Taimanov and Benko the King Walk Giri Blunders, Loses to Karjakin. Nf3 according to Richard Palliser’s new book on the opening seems quite interesting to me. Gambit books by Watson: There is also a second danger in this approach, that you end up dumped in a position that requires GM technique and calculational ability to actually a strategic chess opening repertoire for white.

It’s a little bit funny that 4. You do need to know your stuff with the Exchange Queen’s Gambit, almost all opening repertoire books recommend it as promising a tiny a strategic chess opening repertoire for white for white, sharp positions, and avoiding having to learn a lot of awkward lines for black, so it at lower levels it’s pretty much the main line.

Bear in mind, you’re recommending advanced opening books to a player whose standard rating is Unfortunately, there are not many opening books with lots of explanations: Bg5 at great length.

I’ve never met the Tarrasch Defence over the board.

However white certainly has to understand a number of structures and I have gone drastically wrong on occasion. By doing so he has limited the amount of theory that must be learned but in such a way that Black is not wwhite a free pass.

Pryder 30 min ago. Bg5often followed by Qa3 or Qb3. A Complete Plan of Attack with 1.