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A good read
on November 25, 2012
I think this book is well written and engages the reader to think at critical points in the illustrated games. The main lines of the "d6" system are shown with a good explanation of why the chosen moves are played by the author. The book pauses often to ask the student to solve an exercise and then presents the solution. In addition there are a ton of sidelines presented with some explanations for those as well. I would give this a full on five star rating except after diligent reading of the first third of the book I have come to a conclusion about the opening system itself. The effectiveness of the opening presupposes that White will waste a lot of time on the clock because you are using an unusual system and/or that White will inexplicably throw his pawns forward in a kamikaze attack. However I think that if White is patient and chooses a calm slow build up he should contine into the middlegame with a decent edge. (Just my opinion - I am a lowly 1700 player). So... This opening is a good one to confuse your opponents and launch counterattacks should they choose a suicidal attack. One other caveat, the author does explain many times how the "d6" opening has morphed into another system with a better position. For example one of the lines is shown to have become a French opening one tempo down but without the bad French bishop. Other systems mentioned are the Prybil, Alekhine, and Phildor to name a few, so it would be helpful to know a bit about many other openings as well.
So, a good book that helps the student to think critically and an offbeat opening for what that is worth. Final analysis, I would not buy it again.