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"The Scandinavian - A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire Against 1.e4" is a chess ebook targeting beginners up to masters. It is available at the Bookup/Chess Openings Wizard website.
The Scandinavian Defense (or Centre Counter Defense) is one of the oldest recorded openings, first recorded as being played between Francesco di Castellvi and Narciso Vinyoles in Valencia in 1475 (a fictional game), and being mentioned by Lucena in 1497. It is one of the oldest asymmetric defenses to 1.e4, along with the French Defense.
Analysis by Scandinavian masters including Collijn showed it is playable for Black. Although the Centre Counter Defense has never enjoyed widespread popularity among top-flight chess players, Jacques Mieses frequently played it and greatly developed its theory around the turn of the 20th century. Bent Larsen played it from time to time and defeated World Champion Anatoly Karpov with it at Montreal 1979, spurring a rise in popularity. Starting in the 1960s, David Bronstein and Nona Gaprindashvili would play it occasionally, and Ian Rogers has adopted it frequently starting in the 1980s. In 1995, the Centre Counter Defense made a rare appearance in a World Chess Championship match. Viswanathan Anand as Black obtained an excellent position using the opening against Garry Kasparov, although Kasparov won the game.
This ebook recommends the traditional main line, which runs 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5, rather than the fashionable 3...Qd6.
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Features of the Scandinavian Defense Ebook
All the analysis in this ebook has been computer-checked by the computer chess world champion Rybka.
A complete repertoire against 1.e4 is provided, with two major suggestions given to deal with the main line.
This ebook recommends the traditional main line 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5.
The repertoire is easy to learn and is focuses on ideas and plans rather than variations, although plenty of analysis is given so that the repertoire is as accurate and detailed as possible.
Heavily annotated to guide new players to the flavor of the opening.
Explanations are given to why particular moves are inferior.
The ebook has been 'back-solved' (i.e. there's an overall assessment on every single position).
8 openings books have been studied to prepare this ebook, including 3 specialist Scandinavian books by International Masters and higher (these books are listed below).
There are 3,824 unique positions in this ebook.
Attacking with 1 e4, John Emms (Everyman 2001, reprinted 2003)
Nunn's Chess Openings, Nunn, Burgess, Emms & Gallagher (Everyman/Gambit 1999)
Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4, Volume 3, Alexander Khalifman (Chess Stars 2004)
Starting Out: 1 e4: A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player, Neil McDonald (Everyman 2006)
The Chess Advantage in Black and White: Opening Moves of the Grandmasters, Larry Kaufman (Random House Puzzles & Games 2004)
The Essential Center Counter: A Practical Guide for Black, Andrew Martin (Thinkers' Press 2004)
The Scandinavian (2nd Edition), John Emms (Everyman 2004, reprinted 2006)
The Scandinavian Defense, James Plaskett (Batsford 2005)
Where to Purchase
This ebook is available at the Bookup/Chess Openings Wizard website.
Z.Lin (FIDE Rating: 2146, ACF Rating: 2256)
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