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How To Play Against 1.e4

How To Play Against 1.e4

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Product type: Printed book

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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.

Published 2008, softback, 238 pages.


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