Fed up with getting difficult positions with the black pieces? Tired of always having to keep up with all the latest developments. Take a break from the mountains of opening theory and play 1...b6! With the move, preparing a bishop fianchetto, Black immediately directs the game into relatively uncharted territory, one where White players are not able to sit back and rely on their 'opening book' knowledge.
The real beauty of 1...b6 is that it can be played against virtually every single first move by White, so it is a perfect choice for Black players with neither the time nor inclination to memorise a multitude of different defences. Despite being relatively unexplored, 1...b6 has been the weapon of some dynamic and uncompromising world-class players, including Britain's first Grandmaster, the late Tony Miles.
In this revolutionary book, Christian Bauer reveals for the first time the secrets of how to play 1...b6 with success. He takes an in-depth look at both the main lines and White's more offbeat tries, creating a comprehensive repertoire for the Black player and highlighting the tactical and positional ideas for both players.
Written by a 1...b6 expert
All of White's possibilities are covered
Full explanation of the most important thematic ideas
Christian Bauer is a young Grandmaster from France who has a string of tournament successes to his name. He is a former national champion and has represented France in numerous team tournaments, playing top board at the 2000 Istanbul Olympiad. He is a regular columnist for the renowned French chess magazine Europe Echecs . This is his first book for Everyman Chess.
List of Content
007 1 1 e4 b6
007 1 e4 b6: Introduction
024 1 e4 b6 2 d4 Bb7 3 Bd3
042 1 e4 b6 2 d4 Bb7 3 Nc3 e6 4 Nf3 Bb4 5 Bd3
061 2 1 d4 b6
061 1 d4 b6: Introduction
072 1 d4 b6 2 c4 Bb7 3 Nc3 e6 4 a3 f5
092 1 d4 e6 2 c4 b6 3 Nc3
103 1 d4 e6 2 c4 b6 3 e4 Bb7
125 3 1 c4 b6
125 1 c4 b6: Introduction
151 1 c4 b6 2 Nc3 Bb7 3 e4 e6 4 Nf3
177 4 1 Nf3 b6
177 1 Nf3 b6: Introduction
193 1 Nf3 b6 2 g3 Bb7 3 Bg2 g6 4 0-0 Bg7
215 Index of Complete Games
222 Index of Variations