Bologan’s black weapons

Bologan’s black weapons

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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!

Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black is more than just a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses against the Spanish Opening. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line. It’s actually two books in one!

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 manuals like The Chebanenko Slav, The Rossolimo Sicilian and The Powerful Catalan.

Richard Vedder,
"This is a fantastic book, just as 'Bologan's Black Weapons' was. A complete repertoire full of surprising ideas. With these two books in your library you own the 1.e4 e5-bible, so to speak. Everything you need to know is there. You can put a lot of your old books up for sale on Ebay."

GM Jacob Aagaard, author of the GM Preparation series:
"Bologan is a great author."

GM Matthew Sadler, former British Champion:
"I could well imagine Bologan’s book developing into a well-thumbed bible for aspiring 1...e5 players." -

GM Simen Agdestein, six-time Norwegian Champion and former trainer of Magnus Carlsen:
"It may be a good tip for Magnus to read 'Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black' (..) If he had done so, he might have played his game against Anish Giri in the London Chess Classic 2015 a little more inspired."

IM Gary Lane, Chess Moves Magazine:
"The astute player now has a shortcut to success against the Ruy Lopez."


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...e5 afer 1.e4, you simply cannot ignore this theory work which announces a new era."

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."

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."

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

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