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Gambit Chess Openings Paperback – November 19, 2002


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Cardoza; 1 edition (November 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580420575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580420570
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Mitchell on July 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ok first off this is a very large book, so if you are one of those people that determines value based on cost per page, then this is a decent value.
That said, this is best looked at as a sort of MCO/NCO for gambits. It has very complete coverage of various gambits, along with some analysis. The analysis is questionable in some lines (for example, e4 c6 d4 d5 e5 c5 in the caro-kann advance schiller claims is good for white, whereby most sources (gm nigel davies for example) say black has full compensation for the pawn).
This is best used as an idea book, and for gambit players who need such a work, I guess it's not bad. Yes, it's a database dump, and yes the analysis is probably pretty sketchy (the author is only a NM), but there are not a whole lot of other gambit resources out there, so if you need something of this nature, than this is probably your only choice.
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I actually love this book. It is inadequate in a lot of ways, but it is really encyclopedic in terms of all of the gambits it covers. You'll have to do a lot of your own work in figuring out playable lines--the book is very thin on that--but it is terrific as a source of ideas. If you ever wondered how to give away pawns, this is your book. It's great practice to play all kinds of gambit lines because you get to figure out how to use mobility and initiative to compensate for your material deficit (hopefully!). I found probably 10-15 crazy ideas to try.
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