Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games: How to Play for a Win if White Avoids the Ruy Lopez

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If you are ready to play the Ruy Lopez with Black, you also need to be prepared if White avoids the Ruy. In this book Victor Bologan covers all relevant lines with a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses.

But Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games is not just another chess opening repertoire book. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line: a common sense approach and an aggressive weapon. It’s actually two books in one!

And there is more:
-- guidance for those who are new to 1…e5 and have little time
-- a wealth of new ideas in old lines
-- The Fast Lane repertoire (in every chapter): the minimum you need to know
-- a special strategy section: how pawn structures define important themes
-- transpositions and move-order subtleties clearly identified
-- historical lines and gambits re-examined
-- traps & tricks visually marked
-- many examples from Bologan’s own games
-- 2200(!) games referenced and presented in a separate index
-- lots of practical tips

Victor Bologan has taken the chess opening repertoire book to a next level. He has created a unique instrument of chess instruction for players of almost every strength.

Victor Bologan is a world-class grandmaster. His tournament victories include the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and the Dortmund super-tournament. He is the author of acclaimed opening books like The Chebanenko Slav, The Rossolimo Sicilian, and The Powerful Catalan.

GM Karsten Müller, author of 'The Modern Scandinavian':
"The book is really excellent. Not only is the analysis up to date but also the presentation is right to the point and very readable. Not many long variations but verbal explanations. Just the way opening books should be in the modern computer times."

IM John Donaldson, ChessToday:
"There is a huge amount of theory in this book, but Bologan presents it in a lively manner and explains things simply and well (..) I give this book a strong recommendation for players of a wide range of playing strengths."

Sean Marsh, CHESS Magazine:
"A 28-page 'Arsenal of Strategic Ideas' is essential reading, setting the whole repertoire in context as regards pawn structures and important themes (..) This is a very impressive book indeed and one which benefits greatly from the extra care and attention devoted on it from the design team."

GM Glenn Flear, author of 'Starting Out: Open Games':
"The Arsenal of Strategic Ideas and Themes is such a great idea. It's worth reading through as it stimulates one's thinking about positional themes even in the most romantic of opening sequences (..) It's jam-packed full of great stuff."


British Chess Magazine:
"These are superb teachers who summarise, condense and illustrate beautifully. The text is creatively presented, setting a new high."

GM Michael Adams, The Daily Telegraph:
"The friendly Moldovan has done a comprehensive job with the emphasis on enterprising play in keeping with his own ambitious style."

John D. Warth, Chess Club of Southern Indiana:
"Bologan’s opening guide for Black is the most original in content, the best-organized, and the most user-friendly of any opening book I’ve seen in years. It is cutting edge, up-to-date, relevant, and bursting at the spine with content spanning 57 chapters in 528 pa
ges (..) Endless variations that can lose the reader are blissfully gone in favor of a warmer, more inviting approach."

Max Euwe Centre, Amsterdam:
"A real gambit-killer (..) Ambitious club players who are looking for a reliable weapon against 1.e4 after playing 1...e5, can hardly leave this book unopened."

Alexander Seyb, Schach Magazine (Germany):
"A must-have book for ambitious 1.e4 e5 players."

GM Matthew Sadler, former British Champion:
"Excellent reference, lots of good ideas."

Uwe Bekemann, German Correspondence Chess Federation:
"A very impressive work."

GM Simen Agdestein, six-time Champion of Norway, long-time trainer of Magnus Carlsen:
“The solid Bologan quality we are used to. I am a big fan of his books.”

Chris Wainscott, ChessIQ:
"'Bologan’s Arsenal of Strategic Ideas and Themes' (..) alone is worth the price of admission (..) Another nice feature of this book is that each chapter concludes with a summary which lists any traps, transpositions to be aware of, and key ideas (..) A perfect reference guide if you play or are thinking about playing the open games as Black."

Richard Vedder, Schakers.info:
"Full of surprising ideas, in all sorts of different variations."

IM Gary Lane, Chess Moves Magazine:
"A powerful book that provides an essential opening guide for Black."

B.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad:
"Although this book is mainly aimed at club players even GM’s could fall victim to the tricks and traps that are being shown in quite a few openings. Despite the many variations the book reads quite well."

Martin Rieger, SchachWelt:
"I have verified that this book is up-to-date on the latest theory, and yet the author has injected many of his own ideas. If you play with Black 1...

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Edition : Paperback
Publication date : January 1, 2014
Number of pages : 528
Publisher : New in Chess
Weight : 976 gram
ISBN : 9789056915438