SERGEY BYSTROV, INTERNATIONAL MASTER
|White's Opening according to Anand - 1.e4|
There has been published the first book of a series " White's Opening according to Anand - 1.e4". The problem of a choosing an opening is always standing before a chessplayer from the very beginning of his chess career. With regard for the present time it finds still more significance. The author of a series Grandmaster A.Khalifman offers one of the ways of decision of a question. To choose one of the modern Grandmasters, whose style is near to you as an ideal model and to try to constructing an opening repertory in according to his. Here is what the author himself writes of this theme in a foreword: "I would like to note, that construction of the opening repertory of full value on the basis of 1.e4 is more complicated, and at the same time more attractive than after any other first move. Beginning a chess game with the move 1. Kf3 (or 1.c4, or even 1.d4), white, certainly, can and must put a task of achieving advantage in the opening. However direct conflict of the parties in closed openings arises as a rule, somewhat later, and the most important in these cases the best understanding of appearing "mittelspiel" positions. In open and half-open openings the clash of forces takes place usually much earlier, and a good knowledge of the theory and accurate calculation of variants plays a greater role..." So why is still Anand's style taken as a basis of playing the open openings? Why is not A.Shirov, or say, G.Kasparov? The matter is that Indian Grand master who possesses an active positional style, quite as J-R. Capablanca, does the more for you as an object of imitation. There is nothing to be shameful of in that. Only having learnt to play correctly and logically these of those positions how it was done by great masters of the past one can become a strong chessplayer. And may be he himself will become such "an object". As for G.Kasparov or A.Shirov their decisions at the chess board greatly depend upon their individual talent that is why their chess games do less for constructing the repertory in the field of open openings. All open openings have been included into the first book, i.e. the openings system with the first moves 1.e4 e5 2. Kf3, excluding the principal variations of Ruy Lopes (Spanish) (1.e4 e5 2. Kf3 Kc6 3. Bb5 a6). Thus, where there are V.Anand's games, the offered variants and analyses rely on his games. Attentive Reader will meet principally new ideas as well, continuations which are rather interesting for detailed analysis and use, giving a small, but stable advantage thought where there is a choosing between turbulent and not always clear complications and calm quiet "plus - equal", the last is recommended. All logical continuations which may be of interest are discussed on Black's side. Please play as Anand does 1.e2-e4!, but at first study his opening repertory! The present series will help you at that. One may say without exaggeration that it is the first series opening book after a long interval souvenir to the Russian chessplayer!