Opening Repertoire: Black Lion
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!
003 About the Author
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