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Art.-No.: LOGRECC
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Center Counter

96 pages, paperback, Chess Enterprises, 1992.

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Two of America's top rated players present an up-to-date study of an opening which was once casually dismissed as suspect, but more recently has been played at international chess. Bent Larsen's stunning defeat of World Champion Karpov at Montreal '79 with the Center Counter focused attention on the line.

Former U.S. Champion and International Master John Grefe has teamed with 1981 U.S. Open Co-Champion Jeremy Silman to present a clear picture of the current status of theory in the Center Counter. They have made independent evaluation of the lines of play, often debunking old analysis, and offer suggestions for new approaches for the enterprising player. The Center Counter can be a significant tournament weapon beyond its recognized surprise value.

" ... excellent survey of the current state of know­ledge, with due consideration given to transpositions and unusual replies. "

British Chess Magazine

" This book is the best available on the subject. . ."

Chess Gazette

Black's basic idea in the Center Counter (also called the Scandinavian De­fense) is to develop his pieces freely, quickly, and actively through an exchange of central pawns. The attractiveness of this idea can easily be seen when we compare the Center Counter with the other king pawn openings in which Black challenges White's king pawn with his queen pawn - the French Defense (1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5) and the Caro-Kann (1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5). In these openings. Black advances ...d5 only when he can recapture on that square with a pawn. That way he can maintain a pawn foothold in the center, and, if White exchanges, quickly equalize because of the symmetrical (or nearly symmetrical) central pawn position.

White rarely exchanges on d5 in the French, however, and Black often suf­fers from a cramped game, though he is not devoid of counterplay against White's pawn center. In the Caro-Kann, Black has nothing better than 3 Nc3, and finds himself with a passive, albeit solid, position. (Caro-Kann and Center Counter pawn structures are often identical.) A further drawback of the Caro-Kann is that the now superfluous move ...c6 (after 3 Nc3 dxe4) robs Black's queen knight of it's best square.

In the Center Counter, Black sidesteps the problems mentioned above but must nevertheless surmount certain obstacles before he can equalize. His main difficulties are backward development and a spatial inferiority in the center. The former results when White harrasses the piece that captures on d5 (the queen or knight) with natural developing moves. The latter is due to the fact that White can establish his queen pawn on the fourth rank while Black cannot easily challenge it with either his king pawn or queen bishop pawn. On the other hand, White's queen pawn sometimes becomes the target of a rapid counterattack. Many White players also fatally overextend their posi­tions with premature attacks designed to refute a supposedly inferior opening.

The moves 1 e4 d5 introduce the Center Counter. After 2 exd5 Black plays either 2...Qxd5 or 2...Nf6. The former is covered in Part One of this book, the latter in Part Two. (After 2...Nf6 3 c4 c6 4 d4 cxd5 5 Nc3 the game transposes into the Panov-Botvinnik attack in the Caro-Kann; which is not covered in this book).

The bulk of Part One was done by John Grefe, Part Two by Jeremy Silman.

Details
Language English
Author Grefe, John
Silman, Jeremy
Publisher Chess Enterprises
Medium Book
Weight 150 g
Width 13.3 cm
Height 21 cm
Pages 96
Year of Publication 1992
Binding paperback
Contents

08 Part One:

08 Chapter One: 1 e4 d5

08 A. 2 Nf3?!

08 B. 2 e5

08 C. 2 Nc3

08 D. exd5

09 Chapter Two: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5

09 A. 3 Nf3

10 B. 3 d4

13 Chapter Three: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5

13 A. 4 Nf3

15 B. 4 Bc4

17 Chapter Four: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5 4 d4

17 A. 4...e5?!

19 B. 4...Nf6 5 Nf3

22 Chapter Five: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5 4 d4 Nf6 5 Nf3 Bg4

22 A. 6 h3 Bxf3 7 Qxf3 c6

23 B. 6 h3 Bh5 7 g4 Bg6 8 Ne5

25 Chapter Six: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qd8 4 d4

25 A. 4...Nf6

25 B. 4...g6

26 Chapter Seven: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qd6 4 d4 Nf6

26 A. 5 Bc4

27 B. 5 Bd3

27 C. 5 Bg5

27 D. 5 Nf3

28 Illustrative Games, Part One

28 1. Casper- Mobius

29 2. Suetin - Knaak

30 3. Rohde - Seirawan

32 4. Kavalek - Larsen

34 5. Tarrasch - Mieses

35 6. Karpov - Larsen

37 7. Shamkovich - Leverett

39 8. Tal - Mascarinas

40 9. Maroczy - Mieses

40 10. Korchnoi - Reshko

41 11. Spassky - Larsen

41 12. J. Marcal - Powell

42 13. Ljubojevic - Kurajica

43 14. Psahis - Kurajica

44 15. Jansa - Talbut

44 16. Duras - Spielmann

45 17. Korsunski - Arbakov

46 18. Zuckerman - Shamkovich

46 19. Karpov - Larsen

47 20. P. Whitehead - Powell

48 21. Fischer-Addison

48 22. Fischer - Robatsch

49 23. Karpov - Lutikov

50 Part Two:

50 Chapter One: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 c4 c6 4 dxc6 Nxc6

51 A. 5 Nf3

52 B. 5 d3 e5 6 Nc3

55 Chapter Two: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 Bb5+

55 A. 3...c6

56 B. 3...Nbd7

56 C. 3...Bd7

70 Chapter Three: 1 e4 d5 2 exdS Nf6 3 d4 Nxd5

71 A. 4 Nf3

73 B. 4 c4

84 Chapter Four: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 Nc3

85 Illustrative Games, Part Two

85 1. Zentai - Dr. Tiszay

85 2. Soultanbeieff - Jerolim

86 3. Tereschtschenko - Beschan

86 4. Maroczy - Helling

86 5. DeRiviere - Dubois

87 6. Pribyl - Gipslis

87 7. Fischer - Bergraser

87 8. Lombardy - Gaprindashvili

88 9. Nedelkovic - Kozomara

88 10. Schroter - Ludwig

89 11. Padevski-Karaklaic

89 12. Emanuel Lasker - Alekhine

90 13. Zhuravlev - Shamkov

90 14. Varlamov - Schulman

90 15. Christiensen - Commons

91 16. Schaposchnikov - Redeleit

91 17. Ostermeyer - Strauss

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