Do you need to freshen up your opening repertoire? Choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas!
In this book, John Emms, Richard Palliser and Peter Wells take a modern look at a popular group of openings: the Anti-Sicilians. Instead of travelling down the well-trodden paths of the main lines, the authors concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. Many of the carefully chosen weapons are innovative, visually shocking, incredibly tricky, or have been unfairly discarded. They are guaranteed to throw even your most experienced opponents off balance.
- Anti-Sicilians in a whole new light
- Packed with original ideas and analysis
- Ideal for ambitious and aventurous players
Anti-Sicilian systems continue to be a source of comfort for White players who want to avoid the ever-growing theory of the main lines, and conversely a pain in the neck for those playing Black whose only real wish is to reach the Najdorf, Dragon, Scheveningen or Sveshnikov (or whatever their favourite Sicilian variation is) in every single game they play.
I hope that this book will provide some attractive options to both players: bold possibilities for Black against some of White's more popular Anti-Sicilians, and also weapons for White to try, aiming to shock and confuse opponents.
I would like to thank my co-authors Richard Palliser and Peter Wells for all their hard work on this project; not only for their own articles, but also for their enthusiasm to discuss and analyse other possibilities. As usual a number of ideas eventually had to be discarded, often reluctantly so. One typical reason for disqualification was if a 'weapon' seemed to provide more danger to oneself than the opponent!
Richard Palliser wrote Chapters 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9; Peter Wells contributed Chapters 2 and 4; and finally I was responsible for Chapters 1, 5, 10,11 and 12.
006 Series Introduction
009 1 Action on the h-file
(1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 d3 d6 6 Be3 h5)
023 2 A Twist in the c3 Sicilian
(1 e4 c5 2 c3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 d4 cxd4 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 cxd4 d6 7 Bc4 dxe5)
052 3 Neither Too Early nor Too Late
(1 e4 c5 2 c3 d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 Nc6 5 Nf3 e5)
083 4 Danger with the d4 Gambit
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 0-0 Bg7 5 c3 Nf6 6 d4)
125 5 Become a Chameleon!
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 e6 4 c3)
142 6 The Sveshnikov Gambit
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 e5 4 Bc4 Be7 5 d3 Nf6 6 Ng5 0-0 7 f4 d5)
166 7 Is 4 e5 really so bad?
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5)
194 8 Forcing Black to Defend
(1 e4 C5 2 Nf3 d6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5)
212 9 Crossing White's Plans
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Qxd4 Nc6 5 Bb5 Bd7 6 Bxc6 bxc6)
226 10 A Turbo-Charged King's Indian Attack
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 g3)
248 11 Following in Staunton's Footsteps
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 Nc6 4 Nc3 Nge7)
263 12 A Remedy to the Nimzowitsch
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 g3)
279 Index of Variations
285 Index of Games