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The Bishop's Opening Explained Paperback – March 1, 2005
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International Master Gary Lane is one of England's most prolific chess writers and a former Commonwealth Champion. Lives in Paignton, Devon.
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Batsford Tournament Series are the way opening books should be. That said, even in those the authors don't generally tell you the page numbers of each variation, they give you their code which is very frustrating to dig for but at least you can write the page numbers in. With books like this one by Gary Lane you just have to search through game after game for a variation. Not only that, many candidate moves are just not there. Nice work Gary: You wrote two books on the Bishops and botched them both.
I give it 3 stars because the analysis is good but I wish (1) someone would write a real explanatory opening book o this and (2) I wish they had a different name for an analyzed game collection to separate it from a true opening treatise.
An example of the general level of neglect is Pirrot-Thinius (1997), one of only four or five Urusov games covered. The author notes that Black lost on time in a difficult position just as White's edge was growing to a winning advantage. Lane leaves it at that and fails to even mention the fact that, absent time controls, White objectively threw away the win on his last recorded move. (Lane's silence is at the very least tacit endorsement of the move.) Similar slips leave one with a deflated sense of confidence in the analysis.
Lane is an accomplished player who has personally assayed this opening on occasion. Moreover, due to the breadth of possible transpositions after 2. Bc4, I appreciate that covering all the territory is no simple task. However, I would have preferred a purposeful and well selected and argued repertoire-based approach to justify sidestepping some of the black holes of theory while providing detailed coverage of selected lines. Instead, we have a shallow and unfocused effort that doesn't provide enough information to decide what to play or how to play it. It reminds me of those notoriously easy courses in college -- "Introduction to XYZ" -- where the entire class seems only designed to provide an amplified if airy definition of what XYZ is rather than to teach the real content of the subject. Whether due to publisher space limitations or otherwise, this seems a rather generalized effort designed to capitalize on, rather than to meaningfully fill, the paucity of guidance on the Bishop's Opening.
Finally, I should mention that I have found free on-line resources on this opening to be at least as useful as this book. So why pay twenty bucks?