Marshall, Schliemann & Gajewski SystemsSample pages (pdf)
The Spanish Opening, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, is so respected that many Black players immediately start defending. Brunello shows that Black can engage in a tense fight for the win right from the start. In a repertoire book combining both in-depth analysis and strategic explanation he considers three gambits which have all been tested by top 10 players, with good results, in the last year.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5. The Marshall Attack forms the mainstay of this repertoire, being both sound and aggressive and favoured by the world's best. The theory is so complex that an expert guide is required, and Brunello is well suited to the task, having played the Marshall for most of his chess career. He devotes four chapters and nearly half of the book to the Marshall, surveying the Anti-Marshalls, Main Lines, 12.d3 Lines and Modern Ideas, utilising a combination of analysis and explanation to guide the reader through this complex gambit.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5. The Schliemann, with its reversed King's Gambit flair, has always been popular with club players, but grandmasters knew it was unsound. Then Teimour Radjabov started playing it successfully against the elite and sparked a revival. Here, three chapters describe a trustworthy repertoire for Black against 4.d3, 4.Nc3 and other, less common lines of play.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5. The Gajewski variation is a brand new, seemingly outrageous gambit. The position after White's tenth move had been reached a thousand times with 10...c5 universally played, when in the summer of 2007 the Polish grandmaster Gajewski revealed that Black has a fascinating gambit at his disposal. Subsequently it has been played at international level and the theory of the opening is still being worked out. Brunello shows, in two chapters how Black should respond to White's main tries 11.d3, 11.exd5, and 11.d4.
International Master Sabino Brunello is one of the leaders of the youthful revival in Italian chess. With a rating of 2547 he is well on the way to the Grandmaster title.
Published 2009, softback, 284 pages.