The English Opening is a popular choice, from club level all the way through to world champions. Its flexibility allows players to choose from a number of different set-ups – positional or aggressive, classical or hypermodern. It also appeals to those who prefer learning opening ideas to memorizing reams of theory. In this book, Steve Giddins invites you to join him in studying the English and its many variations. He examines instructive games, covers the most important lines and provides answers to all the key questions.
Fighting The Ruy Lopez by GM Milos Pavlovic and Attacking The Spanish by IM Sabino Brunello. The two authors are quite different. The 45-year-old Pavlovic, a former Serbian champion, is a well-known trainer and writer. The 20-year-old Brunello is within spitting distance of Michele Godena’s record (2559) for the highest-rated native-born player in the history of Italian chess.
The Four Knights is an opening with a long and distinguished history. Despite its deceptively quiet appearance, it can lead to extremely sharp play – for example in the Belgrade Gambit – as well as more strategic battles in the main lines.
In this book, Sam Collins tackles the important subject of gambit play and gambit defence. He explores in depth the basic gambit approaches, the typical mistakes made at all levels and explains how to avoid them.