- Paperback: 86 pages
- Publisher: Thinkers' Press (February 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0938650750
- ISBN-13: 978-0938650751
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Evans Gambit Debate 0th Edition
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Rohde's does a nice job of analyzing lines, including taking analysis from Moody and Harding and going a little further with with support or criticism as applicable. However, the layout of the book I find to be a bit laborious in regard to reading it.
Rohde's book has a 2-1/2 page introduction. The main content then begins on page 9 and ends on page 79... but after considering that six of those pages are title pages and that several pages have a a fair amount of white space, in fact, page 48 is blank... we are seeing a relatively thin book. That said, the book has 6 parts as follows:
Part 1 - Evans Gambit Accepted pg. 10 (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. B4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 ((with 6. O-O or d4 or Qb3))
Part 2 - Evans Gambit Accepted pg. 26 (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. B4 Bxb4 5. c3 Be7 ((with 6. d4 or Qb3))
Part 3 - Evans Gambit Accepted pg. 40 (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. B4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. d4 exd4 7 cxd4 (7.O-O) Bb6 8. O-O a6 followed by 5 move options for White
Part 4 - Evans Gambit Accepted pg. 50 (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. B4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bd6 6. d4
Part 5 - Evans Gambit Declined pg. 56 (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. B4 Bb6 with 3 White move options
Part 6 - Evans Gambit Odds & Ends pg. 64 (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. B4 ...
Pages 81 and 82 present a nice "Variations Index" with page number reference.
Pages 83 - 85 are of a "Games - Chronology Index" starting with 1996 and going back to 1826.
While many games are cited, the moves (or partial moves) are embedded within text, so it is not as easy as reading a book with a section of complete games. Having access to a database of Evans Gambit Games or having a copy of Mark Ishee's "Evans Gambit Games" (which Rohde also consulted) may be beneficial.
With a better layout and a section of complete games, this would easily be a 5 star book for me.
The Evans-gambit is the subject of hard debate; still not too many modern players were brave enough to take the challenge of mastering it. Rhode was probably the bravest of them all! He gladly took on the challenge and read all the other books on the Evans, these include: Play the Evans Gambit by Tim Harding, The Evans Gambit Revolution by Richard Moody, Giuoco Piano by Eduard Gufeld and Oleg Stetsko, The 23, 1996 issue of Inside chess by Christensen, Books by murray chandler and others...
In Rhode's own words:
"When Kasparov crushed Anand in the Tal Memorial at Riga 1995 in their last tournament game before their 1995 World Championship Match, he sparked an amazing debate concerning the strength of the Evans Gambit, the most "romantic" of all chess openings"
Indeed the Evans was the weapon of choice for chess legends such as Morphy, Anderssen and others but with the rise of players of a more subtle approach it was regarded as "un sound". When the chess world perfected the art of defense it gave birth to players such as Steinitz, Lasker and among all others at that time, Capablanca... 1.d4 took-over for the old 1.e4 and players began to believe that in the opening stage one should just develop in comfortable manner before tactics take place. Even the adventuress Frank James Marshall was playing 1.d4 ... 1.e4 was almost tossed aside and when ever a player played it he would play the Ruy-Lopez not "giving in" to such childish openings as the Evans or King's gambit.
The Evans always remained in the shadows, lurking, waiting for the right time to strike back with full force... Now is the Time!
With this simple book, or rather a booklet Rhode reopened Pandora's Box and set free once more the true magic of chess!
New plans are given, new variation to replace with the old... old lines have been remanded, corrected and perfected. Rhode introduces the new theory of the Evans, challenging the old ideas he carefully explains why he regards some of the "taboo" lines not to be best and give others instead.
The famous "Lasker's defense" has enjoyed the reputation of being the refutation to the Evans gambit, Alas! No more! The New research by Rhode has opted for a move which puts the violent assault back into white's hands!
About the Book:
While giving many variations Rhode replaced the almost automatic response of 6.0-0 with 6.Qb3! against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.Qb3! - putting the pressure right on the money! Obviously the analysis still considers 6.0-0 and 6.d4 against the referring line.
Against the line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 he gives two options, 6.d4 and the intriguing 6.Qb3
Against the line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5?! He gives lines with the continuation 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 where the game branches to many sub-lines.
Against the line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bd6 he gives 6.d4 and explains why other mover are too slow.
Against the declined variation (4...Bb6) he gives these three tries: 5.a4 as played by Kasparov, 5.b5 and 5.Bb2
And for final note there is a whole chapter regarding the "Odds and Ends" that you may encounter.
A great book! If you're interested in the Evans or in chess history you'll find this booklet of great value.
Pluses: very nice format, easy to understand and right to the point
Minuses: Too small, could make it a lot bigger, including more variations.
Fantastic Material, 5 stars!!!