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Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White, Vol. 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – May 16, 2011
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I thought Chapter 5 on move order variations was particularly useful, containing an orienting review of the type often missing from opening books. On the other hand, Chapter 7 on the 9.e4 lines seemed less focused than the others and surprisingly features none of Wojo's games. Chapter 3 on the Gallagher Variation offers two alternative lines, going headlong into the chaos or sidestepping it at the risk of allowing easier equality for Black.
With respect to Volume 1, I noted, among other things, that "[o]ne may have hoped ... that, rather than assuming all the reader's opponents will know and follow theory for 15 - 20+ moves, the book would feature more deviations from deep theory to include representative tactical themes that arise from Wojo's approach against weaker opponents." To perhaps a somewhat lesser degree I feel the same about the current volume. More than half of Wojo's games here were against players a bit more than 200 rating points below Wojo's GM rating. That is probably a good sweet spot; no use in seeing games where the opposition was simply hanging pieces. Nevertheless, I would have opted to include a sampling of outright carnage wrecked on weaker players. This is a book about exploiting relatively small but stable advantages out of the opening to almost the complete exclusion of identifying early tactical opportunities in these lines. Although to a significant degree this focus is a function of Wojo's efforts to avoid hyper-critical lines of theory, it seems a book on the KID would have presented sufficient opportunities, and I doubt that Wojo's games against the 1800s he faced in first rounds of swisses typically lasted 50+ moves.
As with Volume 1, I am withholding one star from this review. In truth, were it not for my very high hopes for a project with such a rich conception for club-level players, Wojo's Weapons V.2 would rate five stars. Many may view this a sequel, and as unnecessarly as sequels typically are. In truth, not only does this seem a quite necessary follow up to Volume 1, standing alone it likely deserves to find a much broader audience given the popularity of the KID.
You shouldn't get this book if you're a beginner at chess because you probably won't understand it. The book is intended for people who have played chess before. If you've already bought the book and you're just a beginner, just take things one move at a time and be patient. However, I don't think I'd recommend buying the book until you're at least comfortable with the names of all the pieces and the moves they make.
Also, I must add that the authors are rather handsome. I don't think I'd buy the book though just for their pictures because you can get them on Google.