12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
This book is very well written. The format and the content allows the reader to grasp quickly the major ideas in each example and chapter in general. Something that I like about this book is that it explain why you should play gambits to help to develop your chess or "fit" you chess style. I do not feel the author is trying to "sell" the gambits as the refutation to 1.d4. Instead the author is showing you the possibility and saving time if you have to look for model games in a database on your own.
In this book the development of some openings like the Benko gambit starts in the late 80'S when GM Alterman began his chess career. Alterman practiced this opening against strong opposition (young URSS championship) at critical games. The way that the author explain the key ideas and games in each variation allows the reader to maximize his/her study time. The reader can understand the gambit in a more complete fashion as both, the historic and theoretical developments are discussed at the same time.
This book does not cover the Marshall, Traxler or Faalkeber gambit (from e4 openings) it is my understanding than those openings will be covered in a second book. Disclaimer I am not a professional reviewer and my chess skill level is around 1900 USCF.