The Four Knights (1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nc6; 3.Nc3) is an opening with a long and distinguished history. White can play the opening in various ways; an early d2-d4 can lead into the Scotch Game or the dangerous Belgrade Gambit whilst playing 4.Bb5 leads to the Four Knights Spanish System. The Glek System with g2-g3 confronts Black with challenges not usually seen in 1.e4,e5; openings. Black has unfamiliar defensive choices to make at every turn. Despite its deceptively quiet appearance, the Four Knights can lead to extremely sharp play as well as more strategic battles in the main lines.
In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining the many different variations of the Four Knights. Using 52 key games, with extensive annotations, he shares his experience and knowledge, studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, offers repertoire options and provides answers to all the key questions.
His book offers essential guidance and training in the Four Knights as well as covering the Three Knights and Anti-Petroff lines.
"Move by Move" is a series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the "Move by Move" format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.
Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for over 30 years, and coaches some of the top junior players in the USA.
Published 2012, softback, 352 pages.View sample pages (pdf)