Friday, December 11, 2015

4 Semi-Open 1.e4 books for Christmas

The eleventh day of December we consider the Semi-Open Games in chess books. These openings include the Scandinavian (1.e4 d5), the Pirc (1.e4 d6), the English Defence 1...b6, and the Alekhine Defense 1.e4 Nf6. We know 1.e4 leads to sharp opening that both sides play in the hope to win. Usually Black knows these lines better than White. The move 1.e4 is very popular but the Semi-Opens are much less so. You must be prepared. You need good tools. These books help you understand how to play the Semi-Open games. The good ideas you can improve your play. The books below give you new strategies.

1. Understanding the Scandinavian by Sergey Kasparov
The author offers this modern approach to the Center Counter with 3...Qd6.

2. The Perfect Pirc-Modern: Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons by Viktor Moskalenko
This book reveals strategy and tactics from the games of many grandmasters.

3. 1...b6: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
The author sets forth an instructive manual on the early queenside fianchetto.

4. Alekhine Defence: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
The International Master studies this bold opening and shows ideas for Black.

My Chess Training Repertoire on the eleventh week covers the Alekhine Defence. Sign up for my email list and start getting it.

You may also like: King Pawn (1.e4 e5) and Queen Pawn (1.d4 d5)
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