1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nc6; 3.Bb5,Nge7.
The Cozio Defence to the Spanish Game (Ruy Lopez) was popular in the second half of the nineteenth century, being played by both Adolf Andersen and Wilhelm Steinitz, but was later overshadowed by the Chigorin Defence (3..a6).
In the 1980s and 1990s the theory of the Cozio was developed by Ivan Sokolov and also Alisa Galliamova, Maxim Sorokin and Ruslan Shcherbakov. In the modern Cozio Black attempts to steer the play into channels similar to other open games with rapid development, instead of the slow manoeuvring usually associated with the Spanish Game.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the development of the variation was given a new impulse and its popularity increased considerably. This was connected with the new and interesting idea that Black could give up the centre with ..exd4. This variation is played by famous Grandmasters like Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin.
In this book Alexey Dreev offers a full appraisal of the current state of the Cozio Defence, examining all major options for both sides from the starting position. In seven chapters he analyses 4.c3, 4.d4, 4.Nc3, White's rare 4th move options and both classical and modern lines after 4.0-0.
Each chapter features "Quick Repertoire", "Step-by-Step", and "Complete Games" sections, giving the reader a good grounding in the intricacies of the Cozio Defence.
Author Alexey Dreev is a Grandmaster from Russia who was twice World Junior Champion and has won three Olympiad gold medals. He has also won several strong international tournaments and achieved an ELO rating of 2705.
Published 2014, softback, 212 pages.View sample pages (pdf)