A Cunning Chess Opening for Black
Lure Your Opponent into the Philidor Swamp!
by Sergey Kasparov
Publisher: New In Chess, 2015
Edition: Paperback medium
An original and shrewd opening for Black against 1.e4
Taking your opponent out of his comfort zone is a good idea to start your game with.
Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov pushes this concept one step further: lure your opponent onto the slippery paths of the Philidor Swamp!
After 1…d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5, White is confronted with a stark choice: either to continue on the road of a calm Philidor Defence, or to immediately gain almost two tempi by forcing Black into an endgame that looks better for White, if not close to winning.
This second option, however, is a treacherous road strewn with pitfalls, as Kasparov demonstrates in his fresh, humorous and persuasive style.
White will walk into the Philidor Swamp in which he runs a big risk of getting stuck.
Sergey Kasparov does not bother the amateur reader with variations of 15 or 20 moves deep, but concentrates on the plans and counterplans for both Black and White.
Kaspariov provides dozens of entertaining and instructive exercises to test your understanding.
International Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov (1968) was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and now lives in Belarus.He is the author of the successful books The Dynamic Benko Gambit (2012) and Steamrolling the Sicilian (2013), as well as numerous Yearbook Surveys, all for New In Chess.
Former British Champion Matthew Sadler, on 'Steamrolling the Sicilian':
"I enjoyed it greatly. The author lightens up the text with non-chess digressions and little flashes of humour (..) I felt the author had done a particularly good job in bringing across the little move order tricks you need to navigate in the early stages of the opening."
GM Glenn Flear, author of 'Tactimania', on 'The Dynamic Benko Gambit':
“Kasparov sets out his ideas with good humour, anecdotes and sensible words of wisdom. This is the type of book that many readers desire.”