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An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Paperback – 5 Jan 1995

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; New edition edition (5 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713474076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713474077
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,401,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have plenty of chess books that I half way read as I'm trying to improve my level. This one eventhough I haven't finished it in its entirety indeed provides an excellent overview on how to steer the openings towards attacking. I can see my level is already improving as a result of studying it. It has different lines and variations which sometimes can be hard to follow but in general I would say is a solid read for someone who wants to stuudy the opening lines and is geared to attack. Perhaps there's not a lot of explanation behind the variations but indeed the structure allows you to get the gist of why some lines are better to open the game, i would defintely recommend it if you like playing aggresive sharp games, not for the faint heart.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Sedgwick VINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2013
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I have bought this book and it's got enough lines for me (a below average club player) to try and concentrate on. There are lines for most of the main openings that are a bit different from run of the mill variations. The best thing is it allows you to have some coherent strategy to all your games rather than picking openings at random or by trial and error figuring what suits you. Major omissions are response to d4, it just has the Chigory. 2..Nf3 after 1. d4 d5 is not even covered. It doesn't have the Danish Gambit (my pet opening) in either which I feel would be a worthy addition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Pretty decent opening guide for players up to 1700 USCF. 29 April 2003
By M. H. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a reasonable attempt to piece together an opening repertoire that on the one hand is aggressive, but on the other hand does not require 100's of hours of preparation time.
I actually used the variations suggested in this book for a period of about 2.5 years in actual tournament play. I had very decent results (I am currently rated around 1800 USCF).
The lines selected are fairly forcing and unbalanced. There are a few places where the book is somewhat weak. I noted the same problems as one of the other reveiwers in the section on the pirc/modern defense. (There is a game that leaves you hanging in a terrible position, but seems to imply that you winning - it makes no sense at all. In fact, the side they are trying to convince you to play ends up losing very badly in the actual game.)
Other than that, I must say that the authors really have done a decent job of trying to "fit" a repertoire within the parameters ascribed.
I would estimate that it only took me around 5-10 hours to play over all of the games and footnotes in the book. I remembered them fairly easily, and went on to win a very respectable number of games.
I would recommend the book to players rated between around 1400 to around 1800. I don't feel that there are enough notes for players below around 1400 to really understand why certain moves are made. For players over 1800, much deeper preparation than this book provides would be required.
In particular, I have had incredible results with the openings chosen from the black side. They are openings that I would not have even considered playing had I not read this book. (Scandinavian and Chigoran).
There are better, there are much worse. This is not a bad addition to your library.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Reasonable repertoire book for players rated 1400-1800 23 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an attempt to create an opening repetoire for the developing player which does not require hours and hours of study, yet provides the aggressive player with reasonable attacking chances.
In my opinion, the author succeeds for the most part. It is very difficult for a book this size to provide a complete discussion of the nuances in each of the opening systems presented. The approach in the book is to open each chapter with some "light talk" about the variation chosen, followed by a few representative master level games.
Players rated below 1300-1400 may not have developed the requisite skills to understand the material presented, while players rated above 1800-1900 will find that the book doesen't cover the variations in enough detail to fully prepare them face opponents rated 2000+.
Like most chess books, there are a few typos, but in general I feel that this book is a good value for a player fitting the attacking profile rated 1400-1800.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The best chess book I have ever bought 6 Feb. 2000
By g.shoobridge@bradford.ac.uk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book taught me how to prepare an opening repertoire. First I adopted all the suggested opening lines for black and white, and then I improved and accommodated them to my own playing style. It is a book I consult regularly. Although I bought this book in 1997, I still keep on reading it. It is a very good book.
Repertoire is incomplete 23 Oct. 2012
By RandyS - Published on Amazon.com
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The Black side of the repertoire is missing any information on when White follows 1.d4 with anything else besides 2.c4, i.e. the Colle System, London System, Trompowski, Veresov, etc. Therefore I consider the repertoire incomplete and cannot recommend it.
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