|About the Book|
All chess players know that the early opening is a fight for the center. First control the center with a pawn or two, develop the knights before bishops, avoid exchanging bishops for knights in open positions in which the bishops will have scope, and delay the development of the queen or your opponent will gain time against it.Despite these obvious principles, a class of player loves to break the rules. Here are eleven games in openings that are tough to recommend. You may still decide to play these lines, but do so having seen the antidotes.The games in this collection run the gamut from The Spike (1.g4) and odd lines for Black: 1...a6 and 1...b6.There is the line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6!? on which Bilguier spent five pages in his 19th century opening manual.There is the Elephant Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 in which White can win and hold a pawn with careful play.We will look at the consequences of Nakumura’s 2.Qh5 after both 1.e4 e5 and 1.e4 c5.And we will look at three dubious gambits: The Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5?!, Bronstein’s Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4!?, and The Sicilian Wing Gambit: 1.e4 c5 2.b4!?I do not recommend any of these approaches and I have made recommendations that will benefit the defender. Play these openings at your own risk knowing that your opponent may have read this book!Unlike many other inexpensive chess e-books, these are fully annotated in understandable, simple language. The profuse use of diagrams make these among the first chess books that you can read WITHOUT A BOARD at your side.Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999.