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Starting Out: The Modern

Starting Out: The Modern

Ref: p4566

Product type: Printed book

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.

Published 2008, softback, 189 pages.

Price:14.99


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