Improve your results with Black using this book, companion volume to Gary Lane's hugely successful
Ideas Behind Modern Chess Openings. The complete repertoire of low-maintenance, easy-to-follow openings will allow you to dominate play from the very first move.
Against 1 d4 the author recommends playing 1 ...d5 followed by 2...Nc6, which, after White's customary Queen's Gambit, will lead to the Chigorin Defence, noted for its active piece play and counterattacking possibilities.
Upon 1 e4 Black can again dictate the character of the opening from the very first moves by adopting the Scandinavian Defence, and after 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3, continuing with 3,..Qd6 instead of the usual 3...Qa5. Black can then rapidly develop the forces by ...e6 or the brand new ...g6, leading to uncharted territory in which pure chess skill rather than deep theoretical knowledge will be the decisive factor.
To complete this exciting repertoire -which will make you a feared opponent when playing the black pieces - author Gary Lane also provides energetic modes of development to counter Flank and Unorthodox openings.
For each opening, the book covers:
- Possible tricks and traps for both sides
- The basic plan and strategy using entertaining games
- How to play the middlegame by following easy plans
008 The Chigorin 3 Nf3 Bg4 4 Nc3 and 4 Qa4
022 The Chigorin 3 Nf3 Bg4 4 cxd5 Bxf3
035 The Chigorin 3 N c3 dxc4 4 Nf3 Nf6
052 The Chigorin 3 Nc3 dxc4 4 d5 and 4 e3
060 The Chigorin 3 cxd5
078 The Chigorin 1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nc6
091 The Chigorin 3 e3 and 3 e4
097 The English
109 Flank Openings
125 Unorthodox Openings
146 The Scandinavian - Main Line
169 The Scandinavian - Various
179 The Scandinavian - The Kurajica Variation 4...g6
188 Index of Main Lines
192 Index of Games