The Spanish Main Road by Evgeniy Solozhenkin
Paperback, 276 pages
not excited by defending the dull endgames in the “Berlin Wall” variation
and who strive for initiative, counterplay and a tense fight, having
in mind the strategy of reliability defined by Tigran Petrosian. It
is comprised on the principle “The best move for me – against all the
reasonable moves for the opponent.”. In some lines we analyse alternatives
As our main weapon against 9.h3 we recommend the Zaitzev system
– 9...Bb7 10.d4 Re8. At the beginning of the year 2015 the Svidler
variation began to gain popularity 9...Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 exd4
12.cxd4 Nd7, which combines elements of the Zaitzev system and the
Karpov variation 9...Nd7. We analyse it in this book as well, as a way
for Black to avoid the already famous repetition of moves 11.Ng5 Rf8
The book by Anatoly Bikhovsky “The Closed Spanish Karpov/Zaitsev
Systems” (London 1993) was published long ago and many new
ideas appeared in the Zaitzev system. Plenty of new practical material
was amassed and we analysed it in the different chapters of our book.
The positions which arise in the Aseev variation, after the moves 9...
Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 h6 13.Bc2 exd4 14.cxd4 Nb4 15.Bb1
c5 16.d5 Nd7 17.Ra3 f5 18.Nh2 Kh8 19.g4!, are simply beyond precise
evaluation and maybe during the process of analysis some of the readers
may see and understand the future development of the game of
I devote this book to the memory of my dear friend Konstantin
Nikolaevich Aseev (1960-2004), who fell a victim to an insidious incurable
I have written this book for my students. I hope it will be useful to
all the players who wish to have the Ruy Lopez as a part of their opening
repertoire with Black and who desire to know its nuances and fine
points in details.
Saint Petersburg, April 2016
ISBN 978 619 7188 07-3, Chess Stars
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