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on 18 February 2004
This is one of the finest books written on a specific opening and a considerable achievement. England has some fine opening authors (e.g. Nunn, Gallagher, Sadler, Emms) but this book takes Wells to the front of the pack.
Wells writes engagingly and with a passionate interest in the opening combined with considerable honesty. Some might find the more 'matey' style (redolent of Chris Ward) he adopts, compared to his previous books, goes a bit too far; however overall the discussion with the reader is uniquely strong in content and benefits from not being too dry. Wells solves the technical problems of writing a repertoire book and the analysis v. illustrative games challenge with imagination. In many areas he offers an aggressive v. quieter choice, but he uses this device with skill - and always gives an objective assessment. He is selective in his coverage but stills covers plenty of ground.
The book has numerous suggestions and new ideas accompanied by high quality analysis. Wells is very good at helping the reader understand 'Trompowsky weirdness'. This is a really enjoyable read - one of the few opening books that I felt like reading cover to cover.
The only problem with the book is a problem with the opening - Wells has no clear recommendation against modern treatments of 2...e6 (often with ...d5 rather than ...d6) and is honest about this. This part of the 2...e6 chapter flounders a bit because it does not seem clear what white should be going for. Wells does provide some ideas as food for thought but as of today these do not look particularly effective to me. Of course 'chess logic' suggests that White cannot determine the pace of the game against all defences but it is 2...e6 that puts me off playing this opening regularly.
Against all the other black defences Wells ideas and analysis will give the white player plenty of ammunition and encouragement for an intriguing and quite probably exciting game.
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on 20 November 2003
This is a great book! It is very clear on general themes and plans which has given me a lot of confidence to play the opening while still getting experience with it. This is no "database dump" as many opening theory books are nowadays! Actually it's such a good book about the Trompowski that after reading it, you'll probably decide not to play it! And believe me, that's not an easy decision to make, considering its many practical benefits. As a friend of mine (who relies heavily on the Trompowski) said, "Great. Now everyone will know how to play the Trompowski!"
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