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PfeilJeroen Bosch
 

Secrets of Opening Surprises

Volume 1


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Look at your opponent sitting there in blissful ignorance. Fully at ease, everything under control, not a worry in the world. Or so he thinks. He's checked his repertoire, double-checked his main lines. He wanted to come well-prepared and he did. Or did he? Because what he doesn't know is that today is not his day. For the simple reason that he’s playing you. And you are going to spring a surprise on him. No main variations today, nothing mainstream, he's going to be initiated into a world of secrets: Secrets of Opening Surprises!

In this book you will find an extensive selection of the best SOS columns that Jeroen Bosch wrote for New In Chess . All of them have been reworked and updated. In addition to these “greatest hits”, the author has written two brand-new chapters that would have been too large in scope for magazine articles, but are just as rich in ideas.

Tired of main lines? Looking for a weapon to perplex your opponent? Here's a refreshing source overflowing with baffling ideas and stunning finds.

Look at your opponent sitting there in blissful ignorance. Fully at ease, everything under control, not a worry in the world. Or so he thinks. He's checked his repertoire, double-checked his main lines. He wanted to come well-prepared and he did. Or did he? Because what he doesn't know is that today is not his day. For the simple reason that he's playing you. And you are going to spring a surprise on him. No main variations today, nothing mainstream, he's going to be initiated into a world of secrets: Secrets of Opening Surprises!

In this book you will find an extensive selection of the best SOS columns that Jeroen Bosch wrote for New In Chess . All of them have been reworked and updated. In addition to these "greatest hits", the author has written two brand-new chapters that would have been too large in scope for magazine articles, but are just as rich in ideas.

Tired of main lines? Looking for a weapon to perplex your opponent? Here's a refreshing source overflowing with baffling ideas and stunning finds.

The title of a book should ideally tell the reader something about its contents. The title - Secrets of Opening Surprises - clearly suggests, and indeed promises, a few things. There can be no doubt that this book proclaims to be about openings. The addition of the word 'surprises' may suggest to the reader that he will find out something new, or unexpected. Finally, the author, in chosing this title, purports to reveal certain 'secrets'. What is an opening surprise? Or indeed what sort of move in the opening phase of a chess game do we consider to be surprising? The general rules of opening play state quite clearly that you should: (1) gain influence in the centre, (2) develop your pieces, and (3) bring your king into safety. Therefore, you should not: make to many pawn moves, move more than once with the same piece, develop your queen too early, etc, etc. It follows logically that a surprising move in the opening will often appear to go against these general rules of good opening play. A move that surprises your opponent is of course not synonymous with a good move. Thus, 1.f3 is surprising but also bad.

The question of quality is an important one. The opening variations that you will find in this book are not the so-called main lines. These lines are strong (which is why they have become main lines), but demand continuous study and will certainly not surprise your opponent. Are the 'surprise variations' presented in this book less good than 'main lines'? Let us not beat about the bush: from a certain 'objective' (Kasparov-like) viewpoint they will indeed be 'weaker'. However, the variations presented in this book have all been played by grandmasters! Hence, this should give you a certain guarantee about their quality. Moreover, it is quite possible that your results are better with a variation that requires not too much study, surprises your opponent and is good fun to play.

Let us consider the next element: What secrets can this author reveal? In New in Chess 1998/8 I wrote an article called 'Svidler's Opening Secret' about a Peter Svidler speciality: 1.d4 Sf6 2.c4 g6 3.Sc3 d5 4.Lg5 Lg7!?. Two issues on, Svidler commented (in a game annotation), with tongue-in-cheek, upon the logical inconsistency of that title: ' if it really was a secret [Jeroen Bosch] would not know about it, right?'. So true, so true. Apart from the novelties and the original analyses in this book, there are no 'secrets' in the strictest sense of the word in this book. The secretive element in this book lies in presenting to the reader an opening idea that he may not have known about, or thought possible, but one that has been played successfully-by one or more strong players.

This book contains no less than 18 of such opening ideas. Some of them for White, some of them for Black. In some cases they provide you with a weapon against a complete opening, in other cases an idea against a particular variation is given. The material has been divided into 6 sections of more or less equal length. The first 4 sections (16 chapters in all) are thematically organized. Thus, section I deals with an early a3 for White in several lines. Section II illustrates that bishops may be developed in surprising ways. In section III is demonstrated that early queen moves can be quite strong. Pawn aggression is the constitutive element of section IV. The final sections of this book are organized somewhat differently in that each has only one chapter. In section V the subject is a line for White against the French. Section VI presents an original Sicilian for Black. These final two chapters are much longer. They contain a detailed theoretical section followed by illustrative games.

Secrets of Opening Surprises is written for players who like to refresh their opening arsenal with some lesser-known and interesting ideas. I hope that the reader will have as much fun in studying these SOS lines, as I had in 'discovering' them and analysing them. I wish the reader success in testing out these SOS variations..

Jeroen Bosch Nijmegen, August 2003

Section I

009 The left hook a3!?

010 The Gunsberg Variation

022 Your SOS weapon versus the Pirc

029 Outfox your opponent

Section II

039 Surprising bishop moves

040 Sokolov's surprise

048 Play the Surprise Indian

057 TN on move 5

064 A bishop's wonder move

Section III

071 Early queen moves

073 Alapin bites the Dutch

081 Another Tarrasch Variation

089 Surprising Hodgson

094 A surprising queen sortie

098 A tactical weapon

Section IV

105 An SOS pawn thrust

106 Modern, Scandinavian or Alekhine?

113 Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen

121 Trumping the Tromp

127 The improved Lisitsin Gambit

Section V

133 Outflanking the French

134 French Wing Gambit

Section VI

171 A surprising Sicilian

172 The Kupreichik Variation

206 Send us your SOS

Der Internationale Meister Jeroen Bosch schreibt eine gern gelesene Ko­lumne SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises im "New In Chess Magazine". 16 Eröffnungsideen dieser Kolumne sowie zwei weitere (Flügelgambit ge­gen Französich und Sizilianisch/Kupreitschik-Variante), die wegen ihres Umfangs keine Veröffentlichung in dem NIC-Magazine erfahren haben, bilden den schachlichen Inhalt dieses Buches.

Eine Überraschung in der Eröffnungs­phase ist häufig entscheidend für den weiteren Verlauf der Partie. Derjenige, der die Überraschung anbringt, ist in der Regel deutlich besser auf den wei­teren Verlauf vorbereitet, während der Gegner erst einmal die Überraschung verarbeiten muss. Natürlich führt Bosch nicht einfach jede seltsame Va­riante auf. Er konzentriert sich auf Varianten, die eröffhungstheoretisch kor­rekt sind und sich in der GM-Praxis bereits bewährt haben. Das macht auch den besonderen Reiz dieses Buches aus: Selbst wenn der Gegner auf die Überraschung vorbereitet ist, hat er deshalb noch immer keinen Eröff­nungsvorteil.

Die enthaltenen Eröffnungsideen sind teilweise (8 Ideen) für den Schwarz-und ansonsten (die übrigen 10) für den Weiß-Spieler gedacht. Sie bilden kein Repertoire, sondern sind als Ergän­zung bzw. Ersatz für bestimmte Vari­anten gedacht. Auf Grund der ange­sprochenen schachlichen Korrektheit lassen sich Varianten des eigenen Re-pertoirs dauerhaft durch im SOS - Se­crets of Opening Surprises angebotene ersetzen. Irgendwann ist dann zwar der Überraschungseffekt weg, man kann sich aber immer noch den höheren Aufwand ersparen, der nötig ist, um in einer Hauptvariante eröffnungstheore­tisch auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben. Auch wenn die Eröffnungsideen im SOS natürlich streng genommen keine Geheimnisse darstellen, sind sie interessant und für den Schachpraktiker nützlich. Somit sind die 21,95 € nütz­lich für ein interessantes Buch ange­legt.

Thomas Schian , Rochade Europa 11/2003 Der holländische Internationale Meister Jeroen Bosch liebt die Eröffnungen und das Studium der Theorie. In seiner Kolumne in der Zeit­schrift New in Chess verrät er den Lesern regelmäßig "Secrets of Opening Surprises", abgekürzt SOS. Die dort veröffentlichten Artikel hat er jetzt gesammelt, überarbeitet und als Buch herausgebracht. Thematisch geordnet präsentiert er 18 Eröffnungssysteme mit Über­raschungseffekt, darunter so ausgefallene Vari­anten wie 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Lg7 3.Sc3 d5!? oder 1.d4 f5 2.Dd3. Jede Variante wird mit einer kurzen Einleitung vorgestellt, dann folgt der theoretische Teil nebst Partienmaterial. Süßes Gift für jeden, der kein solides Eröffnungsrepertoire besitzt und dennoch hofft, den Gegner gleich zu Beginn der Partie überrumpeln zu können. Dabei geht es Bosch nicht um die Überraschung um ihrer selbst willen. Obwohl er einräumt, dass die Varianten nach "Kasparow-Maßstäben" "schwächer" sind als herkömmliche Hauptvari­anten, so wurden sie doch alle in der Meister­praxis getestet und sind problemlos spielbar. Es macht Spaß, in diesem Buch zu blättern und sich inspirieren zu lassen. Man bekommt Lust, vom engen Pfad etablierter Systeme abzu­weichen und die vorgeschlagenen Varianten auszuprobieren. Was vermutlich mit Vorsicht geschehen sollte - mir scheint dieses Buch in der Hand von experimentierfreudigen Spielern, die bereits über ein festes Repertoire verfügen, am besten aufgehoben zu sein. Aber von solch prak­tischen Erwägungen einmal abgesehen: Bosch demonstriert, dass Eröffnungsstudium kreativ sein und Spaß machen kann. Ein Bonbon wartet am Ende. Unter dem Titel "Send Us Your SOS" lädt New in Chess zu einem Preisausschreiben ein. Die Leser des Buches werden aufgefordert, ihre beste Partie mit einer SOS-Eröffnung an New in Chess zu senden. Möglicher Gewinn: 250 Euro. Einsendeschluss ist der 1. September 2004. Recht­zeitig vor Herbstbeginn.

Zeitschrift KARL 04/2003




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