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Opening Repertoire: Black Lion


336 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2022

From the series »opening repertoire«

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The Black Lion is a thoroughly modern counterattacking system that is a nightmare to face. This wild and aggressive line attempts to take away White’s initiative from a very early stage and is guaranteed to throw your opponents off balance.

The Black Lion is essentially a contemporary and aggressive interpretation of the Philidor Defence (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6). The Black Lion starts with a slightly different move order, 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3, and now the lion family splits into two different animals: the risky lion (3...Nbd7) or the tame lion (3...e5). Both treatments are thoroughly investigated in this book.

Simon Williams (the Ginger GM) is the ideal guide to explain how to whip up an extremely dangerous attack using either treatment. Williams is well known for his swashbuckling, attacking play and the Black Lion suits his style perfectly. His commentary and annotations are always instructive and entertaining.

  • The Black Lion is an unusual and dangerous system with little established theory.

  • White cannot rely on simple, safe moves as such a strategy is liable to be overrun.

  • The Black Lion is fun and exciting to play!

More Information
Weight 580 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2022
Author Simon Williams
Series opening repertoire
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781781946282
Pages 336
Binding paperback

003 About the Author

006 Preface

007 Introduction

022 1. Key Concepts and Lines

065 2. Common Ideas

128 3. The Standard Set-up with 5 Bc4

168 4. The Standard Set-up with 5 Be2

181 5. White’s Caveman Approach

190 6. The Delayed Caveman

202 7. The Risky Lion: 3...Nbd7 4 f4

233 8. The Tame Lion: 3...e5

263 9. The Risky Lion: 3...Nbd7 4 g4

286 10. White Fianchettoes

298 11. The Shirov Gambit

309 12. White Plays Be3 and f3

321 13. White Avoids 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3

329 Index of Variations

335 Index of Complete Games