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Post  ChessCaissa on Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:13 pm

Beating Unusual Chess Openings is a godsend to those chess players fed up with struggling against all opening moves other than White's main two: 1 e4 and 1 d4. From the respectable (English Opening, Reti and King's Indian Attack) through to the offbeat (Nimzo-Larsen Attack, Bird's Opening) and the totally bizarre (Orang-utan, Grob); everything Black needs to know about facing unusual openings is covered within these pages. Richard Palliser gets to grips with all of White's possibilities, examining their strengths and weaknesses and in turn organizing a reliable and practical repertoire for Black.

Richard Palliser is a young English International Master who is quickly carving out a reputation as a skilled and prolific chess writer. His previous works for Everyman Chess include The Bb5 Sicilian and Tango!, which provoked much positive interest from the critics and the chess public alike.

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IM John Donaldson's review:
"A book that’s a few years old but still worth purchasing is IM Richard Palliser’s Beating Unusual Chess Openings. Titles of books can mean different things, and in this case unusual can be defined as all first moves except 1.e4 and 1.d4. Everything else from the English to the Grob (1.g4) is to be found in this volume.

A particular concern of Palliser’s is that a player’s opening choices mesh, particularly against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 (angling for 2.c4). Clearly, if one met 1.Nf3 with 1...c5 but didn’t play the Sicilian that would be unfortunate (since White could reply 2.e4). Likewise, if one defended the English with 1...e5 but replied to 1.Nf3 with 1...Nf6 and after 2.c4 looked around blankly, that would also not be good. Palliser suggest several repertoires based on ...c5, or ...Nf6/g6 or ...Nf6/e6. Some of his suggestions are novel and certain to attract attention like 1.f4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4 which I couldn’t find anywhere in IM Tim Taylor’s excellent book on the Bird.



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