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LOPEDC1E4A1D4

Counterattacking 1.d4 and 1.e4

384 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2019

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Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Play The Accelerated Dragon by Peter Lalic and Play the Benko Gambit by Nicolai Pedersen , brought together in one volume.

The Accelerated Dragon remains one of Black's most popular choices in the Sicilian, and the attractions are obvious. Black's opening strategy is easy to understand, and his pieces are quickly developed on active squares. Furthermore, White players hoping to attack in the same way as against the traditional Dragon will be shocked by the Accelerated Dragon's greater flexibility and possibilities for a swift counterattack.

In this book, Peter Lali\'e6 presents a repertoire for Black based on this line. He outlines a reliable system of development with the aim of choosing clear, consistent plans. Firstly, he demonstrates why the Accelerated Dragon exponent need not fear the Yugoslav Attack. Secondly, if White chooses instead the positional Maroczy Bind approach he emphasizes that positional understanding is far more important than memorization of move sequences.

The Benko Gambit is undoubtedly one of Black's most dynamic openings. In return for his pawn investment Black gains long-term pressure, which is often so powerful it continues right through into the endgame. White must decide whether to grab the pawn and try to hold on, or to choose a more aggressive approach. Either way, Black generally succeeds in his aim of unbalancing the position from a very early stage.

In this book, Nicolai V. Pedersen presents a concise and practical repertoire for Black within the Benko Gambit. Using illustrative games, he examines the critical main lines of the gambit, the tricky sidelines and also explains how to meet the various options White has of avoiding the Benko.

More Information
Weight 610 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 15,2 cm
Height 22,8 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2019
Author Nicolai V. PedersenPeter Lalic
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-78194-493-6
Pages 384
Binding paperback

Play the Benko Gambit


004 Bibliography

005 Introduction

Benko Accepted

012 1. The Fianchetto Variation

033 2. The Classical Variation

073 3. The 'Quiet' 5 e3

Benko Declined

085 4. The 5 f3 Variation

099 5. White plays b5-b6

114 6. Other Options for White

Anti-Benko

149 7. The Kasparov Gambit

173 8. The Topalov Variation

202 Index of Variations

207 Index of Complete Games


Play the Accelerated Dragon


003 About the Author

007 Introduction

011 The Main Line: Yugoslav Attack Attemps

043 The Main Line: 7.Bc4

070 The Main Line: Classical Variation

095 White Deviations

110 Maroczy Bind: Strategic Ideas

136 Maroczy Bind: Gurgenidze Variation

169 Index of Variations

175 Index of Complete Games

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