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Play 1d4! (Batsford Chess Book) Paperback – October 1, 2003
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Richard Palliser is an international master who has recently been given a special British Chess Federation young player's award for achievement. He writes regularly for CHESS magazine and other periodicals and is noted for his theoretical knowledge and analytical ability.
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1)Breadth of coverage. Does the author cover everything he should cover in the book?
2)Depth of coverage. Does the author provide sufficient research/theoretical material and games for the repertoire?
3)Prose. Does the author explain the ideas of the repertoire well?
Palliser does very well on all three parts. While I don't agree with all of his choices of systems, the coverage he provides is very, very good. This definitely is one of the best repertoire books out there. I would have to agree with a previous reviewer: this book and Kaufman's The Chess Advantage in Black and White (which I also have and like a lot) are the two best repertoire books out there right now.
Chess figures are ridiculously small. if you increase the text, chess figures do not increase. I feel cheated. the few stars that I give is for the material in the book.