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How to Play Against 1d4

Finding a suitable defence to 1 d4 isn't an easy task, especially if you don't have endless time available to study all the latest theoretical developments. If you choose fashionable openings, it's imperative to keep pace with modern theory if you want to succeed with Black.

Offbeat Nimzo-Indian

The Nimzo-Indian Defence continues to be one of Black’s most reliable ways of meeting the queen’s pawn opening. It’s popular at all levels of chess and a constant source of anxiety for White players.

Queen's Gambit Declined 5 Bf4!

The orthodox defence to the queen''s gambit i s a resilient system for black, and a solid favourite of man y world champions. Presenting the first major work on the su bject, this book explains the flexible and powerful move, 5 Bf4. '

Queen's Gambit Declined Bg5 Systems

the Bg5 lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined include some of the most popular and important opening systems at all levels of play. Here, for the first time in many years, a strong and experienced grandmaster covers all lines of this opening in objective fashion.

Sicilian Scheveningen: Move by Move

The Sicilian Scheveningen is a popular opening and was a firm favourite of Garry Kasparov, who successfully demonstrated how to gain counterplay and strive for the win from its solid foundations.

Slay the Sicilian

Taylor’s repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White’s most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian. He focuses on the classical Be2 lines, which were popularized by the success of former World Champion and chess legend Anatoly Karpov.