How To Play Against 1.d4 and 1.e4
How To Play Against 1.d4 - Richard Palliser
In part one of this book I.M. Richard Palliser advocates the Czech Benoni (1.d4,Nf6; 2.c4,c5; 3.d5,e5;) as a practical defence for Black against 1.d4. It's plus points are it's relative rarity - in both club and Grandmaster level chess - and that the closed nature of the early play means that an understanding of strategy is more important than memorizing long, complicated lines of play.
Part two recommends the alternative Closed Benoni (1.d4,c5;) as an answer to Colle and London System players: one which will divert them from their standard set-up into uncharted territory.
By analyzing 29 complete games, in both systems, Palliser manages to cover all White's attacking attempts and to show how Black should handle the opening, both strategically and tactically. The book abounds with hints, tips and warnings, giving graphic illustrations of the key points to remember.
The Czech Benoni is a sound defence for Black to 1.d4 and one which has been unjustly neglected.
Author Richard Palliser is an International Master and a former British Rapidplay Champion. He is one of the leading contemporary chess authors, respected both for the thoroughness and objectivity of his writing.
Originally published 2010, softback, 256 pages.
How To Play Against 1.e4 - Neil McDonald
Neil McDonald advocates his favourite opening, the French Defence, but chooses a repertoire for Black that requires only the minimum amount of move memorization. He advocates lines of play against all White's major set-ups, often including alternative approaches for Black to suit players of differing styles. The eight chapters of the book cover the Advance Variation, Exchange Variation, Fort Knox Defence, Classical 4.e5 System, MacCutcheon Variation, Tarrasch 3..Be7, King's Indian Attack and Odds and Ends. So against 3.Nd2, Black could play 3..Be7; or 3..dxe4; both of which are examined here.
The repertoire is illustrated using 54 complete master games with extensive annotation and explanations. The book includes graphically illustrated hints, tips and warnings throughout of the kind of ideas and pitfalls abound in each line of play.
English Grandmaster Neil McDonald is an experienced and successful player on the international chess circuit. He is a respected chess coach, who has trained many of the UK's strongest junior players. McDonald is also a talented chess writer and has many outstanding works to his name.
Originally published 2008, softback, 238 pages.