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The two knights defence

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ISBN: 0-7134-8441-1

Date of publication: 1999

Publisher: Batsford

Pages: 112

 

I can't believe this book was published in 1999.

The book is structured in two halves. In the first one we find "typical two knights defence games".

Really? well, many of the games are dated in the fifties! (which makes you wonder what use they can be 50 years later considering they're very lightly annotated, and I do mean lightly).

 

The second half is supposed to be a theoretical survey. A little over 50 pages with pretty ordinary variations which one can find in any old opening encyclopedia. No original analysis, just links to other games. Very few comments or explanations.

Did Batsford really need two world class GMs to produce this piece of junk?

A rip off!

 

If it makes you feel better, I was ripped off too.


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When I buy a book written by grandmasters I would expect some unexpected TN's in old lines otherwise why trot out "old" lines? I have purchased chess books over a thirty year period and I could have written something better from my own handwritten notes on the sides of my pages from Estrin's book (descriptive notation version!).

 

Jude Acer's book is excellent in comparison.

 

Cheers

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