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Complete Guide to The Pirc/Modern Complex

Complete Guide to The Pirc/Modern Complex

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Joe Gallagher & Nigel Davies

This edition is a compilation of two earlier books, bound together, featuring two of the trickiest openings for Black - Starting Out: The Pirc-Modern and Starting Out: The Modern.

The two books included in the compilation are:

1) Starting Out: The Pirc-Modern - Joe Gallagher

The very closely linked Pirc and Modern Defences are dynamic systems that are favoured by ambitious, counter-attacking players. Black plays in a hypermodern fashion, allowing White to build an unopposed pawn centre with the idea of plotting it's eventual downfall.

The bulk of this book is devoted to the Pirc Defence as Grandmaster Joe Gallagher considers ..Nf6 to be a natural and good move not worth avoiding. The final two chapters look at independent lines of the Modern. Using 56 complete, annotated games Gallagher goes back to basics, explaining the fundamental principles of the Pirc/Modern and it's numerous variations.

Throughout the book there are plenty of notes, tips and warnings to guide the improving player, while important strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated. Really this a is a repertoire book for players of the Black pieces who are taking up the Pirc for the first time. It usually offers a choice of lines to suit different playing styles and is aimed at club strength players. Chapters include: Austrian Attack 5..c5 / 5..0-0, Classical 6..c6/Bg4//Nc6, 4.Be3, 4.Bg5/Bc4, The Modern Against c2-c4 and The Modern against 1.e4.

Originally Published 2003, softback, 192 pages.

2) Starting Out: The Modern - Nigel Davies

In this introduction to the Modern Defence (1.e4,g6;) Grandmaster Nigel Davies shows how to play Black against the many attacking options available to White. He goes back to basics, introducing the key moves and ideas, and taking care to explain the reasoning behind them. The material is presented using 58 annotated, illustrative games (many from his own practice), chosen for their instructional value. He also passes on his own experience with explanations, tips and warnings throughout the book. He advocates systems with ..d6 and ..c5 or ..d6 and ..e5 for Black as offering most counter-play.

Davies includes chapters on countering The Austrian Attack, Bg5 systems, h4 systems, Be3 lines, The Averbakh System, Bc4 systems, c3 systems, The Classical 4.Nf3 and g2-g3 systems for White.

The Modern Defence is a dynamic, ambitious and universal opening, one that can be used against virtually every system White can play. Black's provocative strategy is based upon allowing White to construct an imposing pawn centre in the anticipation that a well-timed strike will bring about its downfall. Both sides play for high stakes: White can hope to succeed with a direct attack or to squash Black with a space advantage, while Black will aim to destroy White's centre and mop up the remains. All in all this can lead to intriguing battles in which one slip from either side is often fatal.

The Starting Out series has firmly established itself as the leading guide to studying openings for up-and-coming players. These books are distinguished by their easy-to-read layout, the lucid explanations of the fundamentals, and the abundance of notes, tips and warnings to help the reader absorb vital ideas. Starting Out opening books are ideal for enthusiastic chess players who have little experience of the openings in question and who wish to appreciate the essential principles behind them.

Nigel Davies is both an experienced Grandmaster and chess trainer. A former British Open Quickplay Champion, Davies is the author of several successful chess books.

Originally Published 2008, softback, 189 pages.

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