In the seventh and final book of the series we will complete our quest and finalise the building of our White repertoire based on 1.d4.
Firstly, we deal with how to face the ‘Modern Defence’, a duo of mainly strategic systems that were never extremely popular but are still played today, mostly at club players’ level. The proposed systems are based on healthy central schemes, which score a modest 50.6% in a good number of games (approximately 27,500). Well, this looks a bit low, as the average expected score of White’s ‘superiority’ is 51.5% to 52%, but it seems that players of the black pieces are better prepared and know the middlegame strategies in more depth.
Then we turn to the ‘Polish Defence’, an opening which can transpose to the ‘St. George Defence’. This is an active opening, which was never extremely popular but is still played today, mostly at club level. The proposed systems are again based on healthy central schemes, which score a good 60.0% across a good number of games (approximately 2,000). This looks very high, against the average expectation of 51.5% to 52%, but it seems that White’s central advantage is a crucial factor and gives White the upper hand.
Then we move on to examine various side-lines, which are included in the ‘Various Defences’ chapter. These openings are the ‘Dzindzi-Indian Defence’, the ‘Tango Defence’, the Bozo-Indian Defence’, the ‘Englund Gambit’ and the ‘Owen Defence’. Well, when well-prepared there is no reason to be afraid of these openings, but rather smile when facing them! Our proposed systems are based on healthy central schemes, which score quite well. A reasonably big chapter in modern chess is the ‘Benoni Defence’, a bucket of mainly tactical systems which have never been hugely popular, but are still played nowadays, again mostly at the level of the club player.
We will deal with the ‘Old Benoni’, the ‘Czech Benoni’, the ‘Schmid Benoni’, the ‘Snake Benoni’ and, finally, the ‘Classical Modern Benoni’. The proposed White systems are based on Bg5 schemes, an approach that has served me well for approximately 40 years, scoring an excellent 70% over a good number of games. Well, this looks a bit too high, as the general score in these variations is 55%, against the average expected score of 51.5% to 52%. My quite high score is purely based on study and understanding of the systems, so that many equal positions were turned into full points!
And finally we will deal with how to face the ‘Old Indian Defence’, a modest but stable strategic system which never gained huge popularity, but as with the others is still played today, mostly at the club players’ level. Our proposed systems are based, as always, on healthy central schemes, which score a strong 58.8% across a good number of games (approximately 4,550). Well, this looks a bit high too, as the average expection as we know is 51.5% to 52%, but it seems that White’s spatial advantage is a crucial factor and gives White the upper hand. In the book you will find not only a concrete and well-structured, move by-move presentation, but also chapters on middlegames, endgames and tactics that are typical for the variations and will help you to understand things better.
The only two things you have to do are to buy the book (!) and study it!
Note that the research on the games played is up to the end of March 2021.
Sharjah, March 202