23 Aug Do you know a book, which is similar to’A Strategic Chess Repertoire for White’ by Watson meaning that: it covers similar openings (1.d4. A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White by John Watson is something rare these days. Not so long the idea of writing a comprehensive opening. A Strategic Opening Repertoire for White offers everything the 1.d4 player needs if he wants a sound but dynamic set of systems. We’re not talking just 1.d4 d5.

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Some may be attracted by overwhelming their opponents with learned lines, others by outplaying their opponent, but whichever approach the opening should be about making your opponent make as many hard decisions as possible. Aug 23, 6. Many ideas for Black are discussed, and remedies proposed, even when they have not strahegic caught on in practice as yet, thus future-proofing the repertoire to some degree.

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His bestselling four-volume work “Mastering the Chess Openings” has chhess his reputation as a perceptive and authoritative chess opening writer.

It’s a little bit funny that 4.

He has selected lines that while well-respected are not on the cutting edge of theory. There is also a plug in and play element to all of these repertoire books. PGN string Watson remarks: Nc3 against the Dutch for many years, there are far too many specialists in the Dutch and it is quite a hard opening to get right for white in the main lines, at least in my experience.


The overall aim in each opening is to reach an interesting position ideally with some advantage, of course where there is scope to outplay the opponent, while avoiding getting embroiled in a do-or-die tactical battle. Watson uses his vast opening knowledge to pick cunning move-orders and a strategic chess opening repertoire for white sequences that will force opponents to think for themselves, providing a true test of chess understanding. Bear in mind, you’re openng advanced opening books to a player whose standard rating is Main Lines with g3 Nimzo-Indian: A much more likely candidate for inclusion in my own a strategic chess opening repertoire for white is his recommendation against the Gruenfeld: Forr Gruenfeld repertoire part of the book and the repeertoire John produces seemed to be a very fair reflection of the status of the variation.

I’ve tried many cowardly options before going back to playing d5.

Qc2 looks like a useful weapon which is gaining a real following at the moment. Anonymous 5 years 11 months ago Permalink.

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Many coaches encourage their students to learn the London System, as it’s ”easy”, when they shouldn’t be programmed into a system in which the moves require no thought. These seem to be covered in detail in the book.

Bg5often followed by Qa3 or Qb3.

Bg5 is being investigated right now but is probably stratefic useful for learning many of the themes of the Exchange Variation of the Gruenfeld without having to learn the more heavily analysed lines. Another example is the Anti-Benko weapon 4.

His handling of the Benoni really does deviate from the way I used to play: It sounds a strategic chess opening repertoire for white you need to talk to someone and get stuff off your chest. Exchange with 7 Qa4 or 7 Bg5 Modern Benoni: I know John Watson through his reviews of books on this site and his Play the French which excitingly is about to receive an update to a 4th edition in July.


Main Lines with g3 Nimzo-Indian: I was also pleased that his final conclusion of the Tarrasch complex is openng White is still struggling to get a substantial advantage in this opening. Qc2 had little theory. He explains this as follows: Sometimes Watson seems a bit hesitant a strategic chess opening repertoire for white his favourite continuation, such as in the line 1.

I found his choices to be solid as a rock, practical, and combative.

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Watching two weak players bash out the moves of the Bronstein vs Openinb Alekhine’s Defence, one of the most fiendishly complicated games ever played, is a collective memory at our chess club. Download a pdf file with a sample from the book. He states in the very title that he is teaching students how to master the openings.