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Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)

Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)
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Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)

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Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Chigorin apparently valued the bishop pair less than most chess masters; some say he even preferred knights to bishops. This is probably why he developed the Defense named after him, to contrast the Queen's Gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6). The Cigoring Defense actually violates several classical principles: Black does not maintain the center pawn at d5, the c-pawn is blocked, and Black must be willing to trade a bishop for a knight; nonetheless this opening is considered playable for Black. In this video series IM John Watson investigates this interesting opening.
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Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series) Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Chigorin apparently valued the bishop pair less than most chess masters; some say he even preferred knights to bishops. This is probably why he developed the Defense named after him, to contrast the Queen's Gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6). The Cigoring Defense actually violates several classical principles: Black does not maintain the center pawn at d5, the c-pawn is blocked, and Black must be willing to trade a bishop for a knight; nonetheless this opening is considered playable for Black. In this video series IM John Watson investigates this interesting opening.
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First let me say I have two of Watson's book. One on the French Defense and the other a repertoire for white--Great books. The videos on the Chigorin are high quality in terms of thoroughness of material. The problem is John takes you "into the weeds" with subvariations that he says he won't go into. But as soon as he says he won't he does! Puts me to sleep and it's not necessary for the target audience ratings wise. It's clear he's analyzing positions fresh without having reviewed sequences before he created the videos. Another time waster because had he done so he would have left a lot of unnecessary stuff out. I can only recommend the product because all the basics you need are present, but if you're a note taker like me prepare yourself for serious yawns! (Posted on December 3, 2017)
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