Khalifman/Soloviov: Squeezing 1.e4 e5: A Solid Strategic Approach

Khalifman/Soloviov: Squeezing 1.e4 e5: A Solid Strategic Approach

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Autor: Khalifman, Alexander; Solovyov, Sergei
Verlag: ChessStars
Erscheinungsjahr: 2019
Sprache: English
Buchumschlag: book
Seiten: 296

The previous book by Khalifman and Soloviov, The Modern Scotch, discussed how to counter 1.e4 e5 in the most direct, aggressive and sometimes even risky fashion. Their new work explores a radically different approach. It presents a White repertoire based on the Four Knights Game, and in particular, the main line - the traditional system with 4.Bb5.

The authors summarize the method they propose in the following way:
1. White controls the centre, develops quickly and castles. He DOES NOT strive for a direct clash with the opponent after the first few moves in the opening.
2. He begins active operations only after the completion of his development; As a rule, these will take place in the centre and on the kingside.
3. White strives to reach positions in which basic strategic principles, correct evaluation and ability to choose the correct plan will be at least as important as calculation and theoretical knowledge.
4. He still fights for an opening advantage even though the focus is on the middlegame.

Alexander Khalifman is a GM and FIDE Senior Trainer, FIDE World Chess Champion in 1999. He won the Soviet Union Youth Championship (1982, 1984), the European Under-20 Championship (1985), the Russian Championship (1996). He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the Chess Olympiads in 1992, 2000 and 2002, and at the 1997 World Team Chess Championship. Author of many books such as Opening for White According to Anand, Opening for White According to Kramnik.

Sergei Solovyov is an IM, author of many books as Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games, Leko's One Hundred Wins.

296 pages, paperback, 1st edition 2019