What is The System

This book is based upon the experiences of almost 50 years of studying, playing (over-the-board and in correspondence chess), and programming computers to play chess. We here present a theory that fulfils the scientific ideal of having principles based on experience. These principles have evolved slowly, as in the beginning there was nothing to build on. We came to the problem of finding the best move for White in the original position with only the idea of the Option principle, first...

Contents

2 The System Principles 33 4 The System at Work on an Actual Opening 66 5 The King's Fianchetto Defences 83 6 Miscellaneous Opening Analysis 108 Over 60 years ago Alekhine appreciated something that is still not common knowledge today. In my opinion this move gives White more chances of obtaining an opening advantage It is almost incredible that this quite natural move has not been considered by the so-called theoreticians. White obtains now an appreciable advantage in development, no matter...

The Kings Fianchetto Defences

There are a number of sections of this book devoted to defences that start with 1 d4 d5. However, most players today prefer the defences starting with 1 d4 f6 which allow a number of 'minimum contact' openings in which Black can prepare his plans without always being in a position of having to defend his centre. One of the non-contact approaches, the hypermodern, originated in the 1920s. This method allows one's opponent to occupy and control the centre with his pawns in the hope of later using...

Miscellaneous Opening Analysis

In this chapter, we present analysis and example games on various opening variations. There are sections on c The Queen's Gambit Accepted In Chapter 4 we demonstrated strong advantages against all defences to the Exchange Variation of the QGD. That is, after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 gt c3 gt f6 4 cxd5 exd5 5 g5, Black seems to have interminable difficulties that we have found no way of overcoming. However, it is possible to play 4 xd5, and go into the Semi-Tarrasch Defence. This defence leaves White...