The Modern Scandinavian
368 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 2011
Matthias Wahls's 'Modernes Skandinavisch 1' was a huge success when it was published in Germany in 1997. Wahls's book contributed to the growing popularity of the Scandinavian (or Center Counter-) Defence as a solid weapon. The Scandinavian is especially practical for black players who don't want to learn too much theory and who don't want to be dependent on White's choices.
The Modern Scandinavian is an updated and expanded translation of 'Modernes Skandinavisch 2', which appeared in 2006 and also became a bestseller (please see article no. LOWAHMS and LOWAHMS2). This second book focuses not on theoretical lines but on the structural ideas after the moves 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5.
- What are the basic ideas in the Scandinavian?
- How do pawn structures dictate plans of attack?
- Which tactical motifs can be expected in certain typical positions?
This book features complete games with lots of smoothly written verbal explanations, making the material highly accessible for amateur players. Co-authors Karsten Müller and Hannes Langrock have added a new theoretical appendix that provides a condensed repertoire for black players.
The original edition of The Modern Scandinavian has acquired cult status among chess aficionados. Some have even confessed to have learned German in order to be able to read it! This is no longer necessary, and this new edition will stand for many years, since it is about structures, not about the latest fashions.
010 Preface to the English Edition
011 Chapter 1: Introduction
029 Chapter 2: The standard centre
235 Chapter 3: The dxe5-centre
253 Chapter 4: The fxe5-centre
255 Chapter 5: The symmetrical centre after ...exd5
257 Chapter 6: The exchange centre after ...cxd5
259 Chapter 7: The queenside majority centre
261 Chapter 8: The isolated pawn centre
264 Chapter 9: The multi-isolani centre (d4 against e6/c6)
265 Chapter 10: The little centre (d3)
269 Chapter 11: The fianchetto centre (d3, g3)
275 Chapter 12: The empty centre (d2, b4)
277 Chapter 13: The dynamic centre
284 Chapter 14: The open centre
291 Chapter 15: The Viking centre
311 Chapter 16: The Philidor centre
319 Chapter 17: Exercises
327 Chapter 18: Theoretical Appendix
359 New in Chess Code System
360 Index of Players
365 Index of Games