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This book is a complete guide to handling the black side of the Lopez, based principally around the Zaitsev Variation, upon which Anatoly Karpov relied during much of his career. This line leads to sharp play, often in open battles where Black gains active counterplay and challenges White to seize the initiative on the kingside. The authors explain in detail how Black can weather the storm. They also explain how Black can handle the practical problem of the Ng5 repetition, and recommend reliable procedures against White's other options in the Lopez, starting off with the Exchange Variation, and moving on to a variety of closed systems.
The book is in four parts: the introduction explains some fundamental tactics and strategies in the Lopez, part two is an analysis of the Zaitsev System, part three looks at White's eight and ninth move alternatives and part four examines exhange and delayed exchange Lopez systems. Throughout, the emphasis is on what readers actually need to know and understand in order to play the opening successfully in practice. There is a great deal of explanation of important ideas, and the authors take pains to guide their readers away from potential pitfalls.
Sverre Johnsen is a FIDE-rated player from Norway. He is an enthusiastic chess analyst, researcher and writer. Leif Johannessen is a young grandmaster, also from Norway. The quality of his opening preparation is shown by the fact that he won the prize for most important theoretical novelty in Informator 92.
Published 2007, softback, 207 pages.