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Starting Out: The Queen's Indian (Starting Out - Everyman Chess) Paperback – October 1, 2004
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The Queen's Indian is one of Black's most dependable and respected defenses to the queen's pawn opening. It's an established favorite among world-class Grandmasters such as Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Michael Adams and Judit Polgar, not to mention Anatoly Karpov, who has been a loyal Queen's Indian supporter and theory developer for over three decades. Using a hypermodern approach, and endeavors to control this key area with pieces rather than using the classical method with pawns. This procedure leads to rich and complex positions that will appeal to aggressive and positional players alike. In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster and Queen's Indian expert John Emms goes back to basics, studying the essential principles of the Queen's Indian and its numerous variations. Throughout the book there are an abundance of notes, tips and warnings to guide the improving player, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated.
*User-friendly lay out to help readers absorb ideas
*Concentrates on the key principles of the Queen's Indian
*Ideal for the improving player
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Top customer reviews
He side-tracks on every move (which is good, great for drill down), but visual organization of side-lines is not so great. It would be good if they were indented so you know it's not the main line. You can go pages into something, then get the next main line move in bold ... so you have to go back and rebuild ... it's common, but a bit of a hassle.
The BIGGEST flaw is that there's no table of contents at all (ARG!). So on the Kindle, when I got to the end of Chapter 1 and wanted to skip the 12 example games -- it was a process of manually flipping about 20 pages forward to find the next chapter. Gross. You know what happened when I then decided I DID want to review the games? Ugh. Pretty lame.
Seems pretty comprehensive and organized for learning the opening. He goes into strange lines first, to get them out of the way, but I think I might have gone with a main line (like the Mieses) first and then discuss alternatives later in the book.
Some deadly traps (the Scotch Gambit) waiting to surprise them and you could end their game quickly with a mate or
trading your Knight for their lovely Queen.
After reading this, I play nothing else.
However, the layout is very disorganized and careless. Moves are missing. In one of the sample games, the opening moves are 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 2. d4 3. Nxd4. Black doesn't get a move on move 3, and White gets to take his own pawn?
There are frequent grammatical errors in this book. A common pattern is "such and such variation will studied in Game/Section ..." If this was a Russian author I would understand one or two instances of this in an entire book, but John Emms is an English grandmaster. There are at least 20 examples of this pattern in the book. Further, the book is riddled with word choice problems. "It a way it is..." and so on. Apparently the spellchecker was working fine, but the editor did not bother to make sure the right correction was made. Even English tabloids have better grammar than this.
These flaws indicate to me that, as the content is useful, it has been thrown together rather haphazardly and this lowers my confidence that the analysis is thorough and complete. As one reviewer mentions, Emms touts Kasparov's contribution to the Scotch, but then one cannot find them easily in the book and Emms never mentions why Kasparov no longer plays the Scotch.
Like I said, it is not my main weapon in the open game. I use it against Russian Defense players to get them out of theory into a simple, straightforward line with some teeth in it that can bite if they are in unfamiliar territory.