Eight years after his acclaimed "The Chess Advantage in Black and White", grandmaster Larry Kaufman is back with a completely new repertoire book, covering the entire scope of chess openings for both White and Black, in one tome.
Using the latest versions of top engines like Komodo and Houdini, the former Senior World Champion and computer expert has refined his analysis of ready-to-go and easy-to-digest lines almost to perfection.
His main new conviction is that 1.d4 gives White better chances of an advantage than 1.e4, and he has changed his recommendations accordingly.
Larry Kaufmanhas based his repertoire on sound, practical lines that do not outdate rapidly and are suitable for masters while accessible for amateurs. He regularly and successfully uses the openings he recommends himself.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White contains many improvements on existing opening theory and offers a good balance between narrative and variations.
Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe: "The amount of material is truly staggering (..) Kaufman focuses on what is important, without going into overwhelming detail, but to a greater degree than what you might expect for a book such as this."
ChessExplained: "A very, very good book." GM Glenn Flear: "Kaufman isn't fobbing the public off with Mickey Mouse sidelines (..) He keeps things simple, but lucid (..) For training purposes, I have been hunting for something like this for a while. Thanks, Mr Kaufman, my search is over!"
IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering, ChessVibes: "Occasionally produces a stunning novelty (..) Kaufman focuses on active, strategically sound variations (..) Pleasant to read and easy to handle (..) Extremely useful."
Uwe Bekemann, German Federation for Correspondence Chess: "An ingeniously constructed book which provides a solid basic repertoire for both White and Black. Warmly recommended, also as a precept and a guide."
Joe Petrolito, Australasian Chess Magazine: "A monumental effort and it will set the standard for a one-book opening repertoire for years to come."
Mark Crowther, TWIC: “Kaufman's opening repertoire book (..) may have proved an inspiration for Morozevich's choice of opening gambit against Carlsen in round 2 of the 2012 Tal Memorial. Carlsen would certainly have been warned against playing what he did."
Martin Rieger, Europa Rochade Magazine: "The various system are well thought-out and link up with each other almost perfectly (..) I liked the abundant verbal explanations a lot."
Gary Lane, Chess Moves Magazine: "Really useful for practical players who enjoy playing weekend tournaments but don't have the memory of a World Champion."
Harald Keilhack, Schach Magazine: "Because of the high-quality recommendations within or against many systems, it will be difficult for ambitious players to ignore this book."
Richard Vedder, schakers.info: "The book contains various surprising opening ideas (..) An excellent book for club players, I have increased my own repertoire with some of Kaufman’s ideas as well."
Bill McGeary, ChessVille: "I found the material usefull, I have used a fair amount of it already myself."
Timothy Sawyer, Playing Chess Openings: "His first book was a classic. This one is even more accurate."
Lubos Kavalek, The Huffington Post: "An absorbing work."
Paul Motwani, The Scotsman: "Guides the reader with superb clarity."
Edward Scimia, About.com.Chess: "Definitely an impressive work (..) I expect to continue referring to it for many years to come."
B.H.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad: "A book which every chess lover should own."
Marshtower Chess Reviews: "Represents excellent value for money and delivers on its promise."
John Donaldson, Oklahoma Chess Quarterly: "Kaufman has two secret weapons on his side. The first is the powerful chess program Komodo which he helped develop. The second is an ability to recognize what computers can and cannot do."
John Watson, TWIC, on 'The Chess Advantage in Black and White': “Simply the best comprehensive repertoire book that I have ever seen."