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1...d6: Move by Move Paperback – Jan 24 2012
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From the Back Cover
This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. 1...d6 can be employed as a universal defence to any White opening, making it an ideal practical weapon for Black. In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining a cocktail of challenging lines with 1...d6. He shares his experience and knowledge, studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, and provides answers to all the key questions.Presents a repertoire for Black with 1...d6Includes tactical and strategic exercisesUtilizes an ideal approach to chess study
About the Author
Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for over 30 years, and coaches some of the top junior players in the US.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Transpositions into other openings like the Philidor, Old Indian, KID, Benoni, English, Sicilian and others means you can lure opponents into territory they are not familiar with. this will cause them to lose valuable time off their clock while you can go for a pleasant walk at your next tournament. This DOES mean you have to familiarize yourself with additional opening systems and let me tell you, this is what it takes to build a repertoire and that takes years my friends--no matter how talented you may be. The book provides you with guidelines and asks you questions to make sure you're actively participating in the learning process.
Reasons why you should play 1...d6!? are numerous--I'll give you a few:
* Universal system you can play against any of White's first moves
* It is easy to unbalance the game from just the first two or three moves--Black gets to call the shots!
* Strong World Champs like Kasparov and Petrosian have employed it with success
Hope this was helpful and good luck to you,
Adam V Meyer
As the author states, his "true chess nature is that of an initiative-challenged chess dullard." In that spirit, this book and black opening repertoire is directed more at those players of a positional rather than tactical bent, recognizing that in any opening there will be lines that lead to more tactical than positional treatments.
I like the Q&A format, and the true measure of my appreciation for the book is that I am seriously considering changing my own black opening repertoire to include 1...d6. I have to admit, though, that although I have skimmed through the whole book, my thorough reading has taken me through only 1/3 of the book so far.
One small complaint is that sometimes he talks down to the reader, with comments such as "White always enters this line expecting something for nothing. With this sense of entitlement..." But this does not seriously detract from the enjoyment or educational value of this book.
Few of the games in the book that are used to illustrate the opening ideas are games of the top grandmasters. This is probably due in large part to the nature of the opening, which isn't particulary popular at the very highest levels. Also, the author at times seems to be a little biased towards black in his analysis, a not uncommon trait in a repertoire book. Nevertheless, I heartily recommend this book to chess players who are looking at this opening from either side of the board, especially players who are unfamiliar with this opening, and players rated below about 2300.
The backbone of this system has been called the "Rat" (among) various names. Essentially Black will allow White to set up and then undermine the center. Lakdawala guides the player through some dense analysis with reasonable explanations.
Since the 1980's this opening system has come a long way. At points it's about ideas and at other points it is about the exact move order (or you get clobbered). However, the author does a good job defining the motifs breathing new life into an oddball opening that just might be more fun than its reputation.
So if you are patient, don't mind defending and counter-attacking, and have a strong strategic slant then you might want to explore this opening and this book is definitely the best to date.
My rating floats around the 2100 mark.
So, a good book that helps the student to think critically and an offbeat opening for what that is worth. Final analysis, I would not buy it again.