Unusual Openings Chess Books
In this category you’ll find books on how to play certain unusual openings, and books on how to beat those. Unusual openings are not unusual for no reason. Objectively these minor variations might be less strong or sometimes even dubious, but in a practical sense there’s a lot to say for playing these openings once in a while. The surprise value and therefore adding psychologic elements to the game can be very handy, as well as surprising your opponent with rare lines, where precise play is required. Sometimes you will meet an opening expert, and you have to do something to catch him off guard. And if you’re not choosing to play unusual openings or set-ups yourself, you will meet them over the board sooner or later. In this chapter there are books on e.g. the Nimzo Larsen Attack or 1.b3, 1… d6, 1… Nc6, the Owen Defense (1… b6), Polar Bear System, Bird’s Opening (1.f4), and Grob (1.g4). On the other hand you’ll find books with collections of rare openings and on how to beat them. Discover the rich world of strange, crazy, surprising, but sometimes very useful openings. Chess doesn’t only starts out with the main lines, so adopt these strange animals or be prepared to beat them!
This book offers a strong repertoire against every opening except for 1. e4 and 1. d4. Victor Mikhalevski advises playing 1.c4 c5 and 1.f4 d5 with black. In both cases, these are openings with reversed colors, where the aim is to reach a position in which the extra tempo is not so relevant. Actively but cautiously, that's also the way to play against various other moves like 1. g3 and 1.b3. For the ambitious player who wants to become more universal.
Play 1…d6 Against Everything: A Compact And Ready-to-use Black Repertoire For Club Players - Erik Zude, Jörg Hickl2017 New In Chess
Since the increasing influence of the computer in the chess world, opening lines are longer, deeper and more forced than before.
It's impossible for non-professional chess players to remember even a fraction of all lines. The reason: we simply do not learn much faster or better than before. Most games are decided by tactical means anyway. This book is for those who want to learn a system with straightforward basic ideas, without being surprised greatly in the opening stage.