SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises 3: Secrets of Opening Surprises

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Secrets of Opening Surprises brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas. They may seem outrageous at first sight, but have proven to be perfectly playable.

An SOS deviates very early from the regular lines in a mainstream opening, usually even before move six! That is why it is so easy to actually bring the variation on the board.

With an SOS you will baffle your opponent without having studied large quantities of stuffy theory.

a quick look at the SOS's in this issue

Contributing authors:
Mikhail Gurevich - Portisch’s Ingenious Idea
Jeroen Bosch - A Flank Attack in the Grünfeld
Oleg Romanishin - Catch-as-catch-Kan?
David Navara - The Paulsen Attack in the Petroff
Dorian Rogozenko - Let’s wait together in the Slav
Jeroen Bosch - Surprise in the Scotch
Mark Bluvshtein - Out of the French Book
Alexander Beliavsky - Volga Gambit with 4.Nd2
Oleg Chernikov - Provocation in the Rauzer: 6...g6
Ian Rogers - Caro-Kann Fantasy Variation
Jeroen Bosch - A Central Thrust in the Réti
Karel van der Weide - A French Nimzowitsch
Glenn Flear - Protecting the Gambit Pawn in the QGA
Jeroen Bosch - Evans Gambit: ‘Stoneware’ Defence
Adrian Mikhalchishin - A Sozin Opening Surprise
Mikhail Gurevich - English or Sicilian Reversed


Readers of this series can ignore large areas of the ever expanding chess opening theory.

They can concentrate on these surprising ideas, because SOS variations deviate very early from the regular lines in mainstream openings.

Ideal for players who don’t have enough time to keep abreast with main line theory.

Rick Kennedy, ChessVille:
"For anyone who wants off-beat but sound and energetic ideas to punch up their opening repertoire, SOS is a great tonic."

Paul Motwani, The Scotsman:
"Full of delightful twists which I look forward to trying out myself in future games."

Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe:
"The variations can be exceedingly difficult if you are not prepared."

IM Watson, The Week In Chess:
"The most entertaining of books about openings that I know of (...) I recommend SOS because it is so much fun, to be sure, but also for its practical utility."

Joe Petrolito, Australian Chess:
"These suggestions are very attractive to club players."



Chess Today:
 "No matter what you play, you will find something exciting here."

The Washington Post:
"A refreshing book, full of rare, uncommon but sound ideas that can spice up the opening repertoire of any tournament player."

IM Jeremy Silman:
"You’ll be glad you joined Bosch’s bandwagon."

GM Glenn Flear:
"Tricky opening ideas, not much to learn, surprise value and lots of fun."

Bob Long, Chessco:
"For throwing your opponent off balance, it is hard to beat this series."

Rochade:
"A sparkling star in the grey sky of theory."


More Information
Edition : Paperback
Publication date : May 19, 2005
Number of pages : 144
Publisher : New in Chess
Weight : 278 gram
ISBN : 9789056911409