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The Modern Scandinavian: Themes, Structures & Plans in an Increasingly Popular Chess Opening Paperback – April 16, 2011


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New In Chess,Csi (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9056913441
  • ISBN-13: 978-9056913441
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be bought with "the scandinavian" by John Emms.
chess1941
The book breaks down all the plans by the pawn structures produced by the different variations.
yoda425
I own the version in German and this book is an updated version.
M. Ararat

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. Amari on April 6, 2011
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The publisher's blurb above notes that this book "does not concentrate on theoretical lines but on the structural ideas that govern this opening." There is a very good reason for that which unfortunately isn't made clear in the marketing pitch: this book is a translation of the second of a two-volume project on the modern Scandinavian. The first volume, not available in English, focuses on the theoretical lines, and the present text assumes that the reader has absorbed that information. To attempt to remedy this rather backwards approach, the publisher includes about a 20 page appendix which is designed to substitute for all the theory of the first volume. For those who already play the main line Modern Scandinavian, perhaps this may suffice, and I am sure they will benefit from the detailed explanation of the typical pawn structures and middlegame plans addressed in the main part of this book. For those without a foundation in this theory, I am doubtful that the appendix will suffice. I for one only play the Nf6 Scandinavian but was willing to entertain playing the main Qxd5/Qa5 lines occasionally on the strength of this book's reputation. But I'm not comfortable that the short appendix on theory suffices to deal with early variations and other issues. For example, the appendix has passing references to move order variations to avoid new lines where White gains "a very strong initiative," but the nature of the threat is not fully demonstrated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By chess1941 on July 25, 2011
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This book should be bought with "the scandinavian" by John Emms. The Emms book concentrates on recent theory and this book concentrates
on themes such as: The standard centre with f4-f5. The authors show how to play each of the themes and also some pitfalls for each side.

Pawn structure is also emphasized and this makes the book that much easier to read.

There is a LOT in this book-more than 350 pages. But all of it is very easy to read.

If you have both books then you have all you need from the intermediate level up to high master level. This book is a "bargain".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By yoda425 on February 23, 2012
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First of all, let me address a few comments about previous reviewers criticisms about this edition. This is a revised edition of GM Wahls second German edition of this same work. It has been translated into english, with a new theory supplement at the end discussing move order pit-falls and giving an up to date repertoire. GM Wahls had previously had a first and second edition of this work, both published in German and not available in English. These were published in 1997 and 2006 respectively. This revised English edition appeared in 2010.

The book breaks down all the plans by the pawn structures produced by the different variations. This is very much the same approach used in various mastering the opening series, which sadly are no longer in print, and used editions on amazon frequently sell for a premium over original retail prices. The book also draws on two other excellent Scandinavian defense volumes by IM Jovanka Houska, and GM Christian Bauer. Quite simply if you want detailed analysis and explanation of the various middlegame and endgame plans that result from all the different pawn structures which arise from this opening, there is no better work available on this defense in any language.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Ararat on October 9, 2011
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In this effort, Wahls,Muller and Langrock put together an instructive and readable text on the Qa5 Scandinavian.
Content:

Chapter 1: Intro

Chapter 2: The standard centre.

Chapter 3: The dxe5-center

Chapter 4: The fxe5 center

Chapter 5: The symetrical center after exd5

Chapter 6: The exchange center after..cxd5

Chapter 7: The Queenside pawn majority center

Chapter 8 : The isolated pawn center

Chapter 9 : the multi-isolani center (d4 against e6/c6)

Chapter 10The little center

Chapter 11: The fianchetto center (d3,g3)

Chapter 12:The Empty center (d2,b4)

Chapter 13:The dynamic center

Chapter 14: The Open center

Chapter 15: The viking center

Chapter 16: The philidor center

Chapter 17: Excercises

Chapter 18: Theorethical appendix

The pawn structure- type center is probably one of the best methods to learn an opening. This books is systematic, moving from the more easy to understand structures to the more complicated. You need to be prepared to be very flexible regarding the pawn structure, the e6-c6 restraing structure that may looks like the "lazy chess player " paradise may not work against White less direct options (d3).The same caveat applies to pieces exchanges, for example the thematic Bf8-b4 followed by the exchange on c3 is viable only when black can keep white's bishop pair at bay. The authors deliver this suble knowledge on piece exchanges in their annotations, in addition to extending their evaluation to the endgame. I like the way that the endgames are explained (well, K. Muller is one of the authors!).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Larmer on May 18, 2011
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This is a very helpful book for Scandinavian players and those who face the Scandinavian. Through the use of commented games, it explains typical plans and mistakes in various Scandinavian structures. I use it in conjunction with Emms' book, The Scandinavian (2nd ed), which is available as an ebook in chessbase format from Everyman Chess.
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