- Series: Gambit chess
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Gambit (March 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1901983021
- ISBN-13: 978-1901983029
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,991,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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101 Chess Opening Surprises (Gambit chess) Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.
About the Author
FIDE Master Graham Burgess holds the world record for marathon blitz chess playing. He is a highly versatile chess writer, whose "Mammoth Book of Chess" won the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award in 1997.
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Each surprise is graded for soundness and surprise value. An example at the extreme end of the Soundness scale would be surprise 16, the Spanish Bulgarian Defense. The shock move 3...a5 is assigned a Soundness ranking of 1, but can you imagine the effect on your opponent? As Burgess says, the move has never been clearly refuted.
An example of a more main-stream idea is Surprise 71 in the Queen's Gambit, 7 e4. Burgess reminds us that this old pawn sacrifice has been resurrected with some dangerous new ideas. The Soundness ranking is 4, a tribute to the quality of players adopting it with white, including Sokolov and Gelfand.
As with the other 101 titles, it is pleasant to be able to browse at random. Great book.