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The Grand Prix Attack is widely acknowledged as one of the best anti-Sicilian systems, giving White attacking chances while avoiding the main lines of the Open Sicilian. White's aggressive intentions are declared at an early stage with a fairly simple pattern of development. If Black responds in a routine way the game can be quickly over. The image of a contemporary and attacking opening is reflected in the name but its origins stretch back into the history of chess. In 1620 Greco mentioned 2...

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It is generally accepted that this is the most promising plan. White was going to give the bishop up anyway, so the emphasis is on maintaining a lead in development. al) 7 b5 8 ild5 Sb8 9 e5 d6 10 d3 foh6 11 foxd4 cxd4 12 foc4 0-0 13 exd6 e6 14 b3 fof5 15 d2 a5 16 a3 bl 17 Wei Ha8 18 Hf2 Wb6 19 c4 dxc3 20 lxc3 fod4 21 JU2 b4-+ Zinn-Izvozchikov, Tbilisi 1972. a2) 7 e6 8 a4 foci 9 d3 d5 10 la2 b5 11 axb5 axb5 12 foxd4 cxd4 13 foxbS Wb6 14 f5 exf5 15 exd5 foxd5 16 Wf3 0-0 (16 Wxb5 17 ilxd5 Hxal 18...

Fianchetto Gambit

This chapter discusses a pawn sacrifice familiar to anyone who has had a close look at chapters 8 and 9. It is definitely the improved version with lots of tactical chances for White. The big difference is that Black normally relies on d7-d5 to get him out of trouble however, in this case d6 has already been played and the extra move presented to White has allowed castling. This changes the situation and the pawn sacrifice is a good way to introduce imbalance into the game. A common response by...

Black plays d

The growing popularity of 2 d5 is somewhat annoying for anyone with the White pieces because it is generally acknowledged that Black's immediate challenge to the centre is the best retort. Although White is not able to dictate matters by choosing a thematic continuation featuring jtc4 or J b5, there is no need for complete despair. The opening experts assume Black has done well if he can equalise in a variation and it has to be admitted that in some lines this is the case. However, the path to...

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A 8 a6 9 a4 d6 10 g5 gt e5 10 h6 11 amp xf7 4 gt xf7 12 exf5 d5 13 Wh5 4 gt g8 14 f6 dxc4 15 fxg7 Wd4 16 4 gt hl Wxg7 17 Jtxh6 Wg6 18 Bf8 lt 4 gt h7 19 Bf7 lt gt g8 20 fiafl and Black has to give up Gik 11 Wh5 4 gt d7 11 H6 12 xe6 - 12 amp xf7 We8 13 Axe6 lt 4 gt xe6 14 exf5 4 gt d7 15 f6 JLxf6 16 Bxf6 Gik-Wolf, Moscow 1966. b 8 d5 9 exd5 exd5 10 JLb3 1x6 11 g5 bl ll d7 12 amp e2 h6 13 amp f3 13 h3 looks even better for White g6 14 c3 Wc7 15 1x3 b6 16 d4 f4 17 d2 0-0 18 Wcl cxd4 19 amp xf4 dxc3...

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British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, by any means, without prior permission of the publisher. Edited by Tim Harding and typeset by Chess Mail Ltd., Dublin Printed in Great Britain by Redwood Books, Trowbridge, Wilts for the publishers, B. T. Batsford Ltd. 583 Fulham Road, London SW6 5BY To Fran ois Mertens Acknowledgements I would like to thank Gustaaf...