Beliavsky, A/ Mikhaltchishin,A/Two Knights Defence
(Batsford, London 1999)
Paperback, 112 Seiten
in englischer Sprache
Brilliant modern coverage of an ancient opening!
The Two Knights Defence is the most exiciting chess opening known to man and literally brims over with sacrifices and beautiful combinative ideas. Despite intensive investigation by the theoreticians it has lost none of its relevance and continues to be played at the highest levels of the modern game.
From the outset Black offers the sacrifice of a pawn, the consequence of which are a matter of heated controversy. White can also choose to play in gambit style if he so wishes or try to hold on to the material by hook or by crook.
Leads to tremendously exciting combinative play
Up to date coverage by two leading experts
Essential reading for anyone who plays open games
World Junior Champion in 1973, Alexander Beljavsky has been one of the world's top players for the past twenty years. Known as a brilliant and uncompromising player he has won the USSR Championship on several occasions and inflicted stinging defeats on both Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.
Adrian Mikhalchishin is an International Grandmaster with a deserved reputation as a theoretical expert. A highly respected writer on chess he competes regularly at the highest levels.
Generally speaking in chess theory the term of 'defence' is given to rather passive openings. However the idea of 3...Sf6 involves active counterplay against the central e4 pawn and therefore not without good reason David Bronstein suggests this opening rightly called the 'Chigorin Counter Attack', since, at the end of the last century, the great Russian chessplayer added a great deal to the theory of this opening. Great credit for developing the theory and practice of this opening must go to the old masters Steinitz, Chigorin and Tarrasch (who said that 4.Sg5 was a foolish move!). Afterwards the opening was not used for a long time, though now and then grandmaster Ragozin played it and also Robert Fischer who began to regularly employ it after lightning a new flame with an analysis of Steinitz's system 9.Sh3. Then Evgeny Sveshnikov rehabilitated the variation with 4.d4 at the highest level. In the mid-seventies Sergei Makarychev revived the Giuoco Piano with set off an avalanche of variations. White's results attracted new adepts to the opening, among whom included Garry Kasparov. Great contributions were also made by Svesnikov, Nogueiras, Nunn, and in the last few years, Morozevich, Nenashev and, indeed, Kasparov himself who, in a game against Timman, signalled the fact that he had seriously analysed the Two Knights and included it in his opening repertoire.
In general we have checked the old assessments from ECO and have been surprised how many incorrect assessments are given there, and, basically, underestimating White's chances. We have also examined some excellent analysis in correspondence games which has remained inaccessible to a great many chessplayers.
This book consists of two parts. In the first are given typical games, where chessplayers can feel for themselves the deep ideas for both sides, and secondly, on the principle of an encyclopedia, are listed variations showing the state of theory at the present time.
Introduction ..... 5
Part One: Typical Two Knights Defence Games ..... 7
Part Two: Theoretical Survey ..... 65
1 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sxd5 ..... 67
2 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sa5 6.d3 h6 7.Sf3 e4 ..... 69
3 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sa5 6.Lb5+ Ld7 7.De2 ..... 72
4 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sa5 6.Lb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 ..... 74
5 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sa5 6.Lb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Le2 h6 9.Sf3 e4 10.Se5 ..... 79
6 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sa5 6.Lb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Le2 h6 9.Sh3 ..... 87
7 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 b5!? 6.Lf1 h6 7.Sf3 Dxd5 8.Sc3 De6 ..... 91
8 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 d5 5.exd5 Sd4 6.c3 b5 7.Lf1 Sxd5 ..... 95
9 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.d4 exd4 ..... 100
10 1.e5 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 4.Sg5 Lc5 ..... 103