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In "The Scandinavian: Move By Move", International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in studying the Scandinavian Defence (Centre Counter), modern system, with 3.. Qd6; for Black. In recent years this system has become a very popular choice for club and tournament players. By demonstrating 54 key master games, with questions and answers throughout, he enables the reader to understand the strategy and tactics of the 3..Qd6; Scandinavian.
In chapter one he analyses the main line (1.e4,d5; 2.exd5,Qxd5; 3.Nc3,Qd6; 4.d4,Nf6; 5.Nf3,c6;) alternatives to the critical 6.Ne5; including 6.h3, 6.g3, 6.Bc4, 6.Bg5, 6.Be2 and 6.Be3. Chapters 2-4 focus on White's most challenging move 6.Ne5 followed up with 7.Bf4, 7.Nc4 or Shirov's 7.f4.
The remaining chapters examine early alternatives for both sides including an early ..c6; for Black and the 5..g6; fianchetto line, as well as White systems with a delayed d2-d4 push or without Nb1-c3.
Move by Move is a series of books which uses a question and answer format to emulate - as far as possible - lessons involving chess teachers and students. 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.
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 2013, softback, 400 pages.