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English Hedgehog Defence (PC-DVD)

English Hedgehog Defence (PC-DVD)

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Product type: Software for PC

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Lubomir Ftacnik

This PC-DVD by Lubomir Ftacnik deals with the Hedgehog structure and it's phenomenal potential for generating active counterplay for Black. The appeal of elastic piece development around a dynamic pawn structure has helped to spread this concept to many other openings. The author has consciously limited his survey to the English Hedgehog with an emphasis on the challenges Black faces following the centralisation of White's queen after 1.c4,c5; 2.Nf3,Nf6; 3.Nc3,e6; 4.g3,b6; 5.Bg2,Bb7; 6.0-0,Be7; 7.d4,cxd4; 8.Qxd4.

While Black will have to survive various challenges to his position, as the aggressor enjoys a slight advantage in development and has great freedom of movement for his pieces, once the defender manages to fend off direct aggression, his prospects are usually quite promising. The idea has stood the test of time and has been resistant to the plethora of rather ingenious ideas White players have come up with over the last two decades. The rise in popularity of an alternative plan with 7.Re1 is a strong indicator that Black emerges from the main lines in good health. Any player able to cope with some pressure in the English Hedgehog will be amply rewarded with flexible, action-packed positions, and plentiful Black counter-chances.

Lubomir Ftacnik is a Slovak Grandmaster with decades of experience on the international chess scene. As a younger member of the strong chess generation in the former Czechoslovakia (Hort, Smejkal, Kavalek, Jansa, Plachetka...) he helped to win silver at the Lucerne Chess Olympiad 1982. With 14 Olympiads and 17 complete seasons in the German Bundesliga behind him, the Slovak player thrives on stability.

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 8/7/XP/Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard.
Published 2013. Video running time: 3 hours 50 minutes.

Price:24.95 (Including VAT at 20%)

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