SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises 9: No Time to Study Chess Opening Theory?

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Brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas. They may seem outrageous at fi rst 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. You will baffle your opponent without having studied large quantities of stuffy theory.

a quick look at the SOS's in this issue

1 Jeroen Bosch - The SOS Files
2 Daniel Stellwagen - Two Knights: Another Gunsberg Surprise
3 Adrian Mikhalchishin  - A Bayonet Attack vs the King’s Indian
4 Jeroen Bosch  - Fianchetto in the French Tarrasch
5 Dorian Rogozenco  - SOS versus the Sveshnikov
6 Glenn Flear  - Seeking Greener Pastures in the Grünfeld
7 Alexander Finkel  - A Scandinavian Motif in the Alapin
8 Igor Glek  - The Dutch Indian
9 Sergey Tiviakov  - Two replies to 3.d4 in the Scandinavian
10 Jeroen Bosch - This is not the Chigorin
11 Vladimir Burmakin  - Caro-Kann: Bellon Variation
12 Dimitri Reinderman  - English: Nimzowitsch Variation
13 Alexander Finkel  - Réti’s Line against the French
14 Adrian Mikhalchishin  - Dutch: Bogoljubow Gambit
15 Jeroen Bosch  - Ruy Lopez: the Popov Variation
16 Arthur Kogan  - Sicilian: the Czerniak Attack
17 Igor Lysyj  - Queen’s Indian: the Surprising 5.Qb3

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."

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

More Information
Edition : Paperback
Publication date : December 20, 2007
Number of pages : 144
Publisher : New in Chess
Weight : 238 gram
ISBN : 9789056912413