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The Polish Defense

224 pages, paperback, Russell Enterprises, 1. edition 2022

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The Dawn of the Planet of the b-Pawns!

“There can be no Plan B because there is no Planet B,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. We disagree when it comes to chess. In this book you will see analyzed not only 1.d4 b5 (the Polish Defense) but also the St. George Defense (1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 intending 3...b5), 1.Nf3 b5, also 1.f4 b5 and, most shocking of all, 1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5. Grandmasters have lost to these systems; other Grandmasters even try them out themselves when they have the black pieces. No, an early ...b7-b5 is not Plan A. However, if you want to humiliate the opposition by being literally eccentric (off-center) and disrespectful ... Welcome to Planet B!

After studying this book, I feel that you should be comfortable using the Polish Defense in your games; it will boost your creativity and will allow you to notch unexpected victories... Although the Polish may not be ideal as a full-time weapon, its version of unorthodoxy will embarrass your opponents, especially if you are well-armed to endure the opening phase. The present work ensures that this is accomplished and gives you valuable tips for the middlegame as well. - Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias in his Foreword

At the end of each chapter, there are fully annotated illustrative games, and at the very end of the book over a hundred unannotated games from recent practice have been added. In many respects, these represent the most important part of the book. These examples show what human players actually play and just how effective this underrated defense is.

About the Authors

Jerzy Konikowski may be one of the most prolific chess author in the world with many dozens of publications in several languages to his credit. He holds the FIDE Master title as well as titles in correspondence chess and chess composition.

Marek Soszynski is a Correspondence Chess Master and a Master of Philosophy. He himself has authored or co-authored a growing number of chess books including How to Think in Chess , and The Great Reshevsky .

More Information
Weight 310 g
Manufacturer Russell Enterprises
Width 15.2 cm
Height 22.8 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2022
Author Jerzy KonikowskiMarek Syszynski
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-949859-54-6
Pages 224
Binding paperback

005 Introduction

008 Acknowledgments

009 Foreword

011 Chapter 1) 1.d4 b5 2.e4 Bb7

056 Chapter 2) 1.d4 b5 2.Nf3 (and others) 56

72 Chapter 3) 1.Nf3 b5 2.g3 (and others) 2...Bb7 3.Bg2 e6 4.0-0 Nf6

122 Chapter 4) 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 a6 4.Bg2 b5 5.b3

141 Chapter 5) 1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5

167 Chapter 6) 1.e4 e6 2.d4 b5 3.Bxb5 Bb7

172 Chapter 7) 1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.c4 (and others) 3...b5

185 Chapter 8) 1.e4 e6 without 2.d4

197 Bibliography

199 Index of Players

200 Abbreviations

200 Signs & Symbols

201 Supplemental Games

223 Index of Players – Supplemental Games

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