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The Chigorin Bible

349 pages, paperback, Thinkers Publishing, 1. edition 2018.

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The Chigorin variation is one of the oldest weapons against the Ruy Lopez, first played at the Monte Carlo tournament 1902, by Carl Schlechter in his game versus Siegbert Tarrasch. The Chigorin Bible is rich in ideas and aims to be the ultimate improvement tool for the club and tournament player. We are convinced that the reader will enjoy playing over the games, many of which being famous historical ones. Ivan Sokolov and Ivan Salgado Lopez are your truthful expert guides along this fascinating journey.

Ivan Sokolov was one of the most feared attacking players of his time. He is also an outstanding chess coach and the author of many bestselling titles being 'Winning Chess Middlegames', 'Sacrifice and Initiative', 'Chess Middlegame Strategies', volume I, that was awarded 'FIDE book of the Year' 2017 and volume 2, 'Opening meets Middlegame'. His third volume is being scheduled for the Spring of 2019.

Ivan Salgado Lopez was born in Spain in 1991 and became a Grandmaster at the age of 16. Amongst the best results in his chess career Ivan has twice been Spanish Champion and has won many international tournaments. He was the second of ex-World Champions Topalov and Ponomariov amongst other strong grandmasters. This is his second book for Thinkers Publishing, his first book 'Gambit Killer' was appraised worldwide.


Language English
Author Salgado Lopez, Ivan
Sokolov, Ivan
Publisher Thinkers Publishing
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 650 g
Width 17 cm
Height 23.5 cm
Pages 349
ISBN-13 978-9492510419
Year of Publication 2018
Binding paperback


005 Key to symbols

007 Foreword by Romain Edouard


011 Introduction to part 1

013 Chapter 1. First Games and Plans

025 Chapter 2. White’s Strategy to Trade the d-Pawns - Pros and Cons

057 Chapter 3. Keres’s Legacy

107 Chapter 4. White’s f2-f4 Pawn Push in Non-Closed Centre Positions

115 Chapter 5. Closed Centre Strategies

115 5.1. White’s f2-f4 pawn push

134 5.2. Queenside decisions

137 5.3. Black’s misplaced b7-bishop and a5-knight problems

161 5.4. White’s g2-g4 pawn push


179 Introduction to part 2

181 Overview of the Chigorin Theory

187 Chapter 1. Early ...d5s and the Romanishin Variation

197 Chapter 2. 11...Qc7 12.d5

207 Chapter 3. 11...Qc7 12.Nbd2, Rook Moves and 12...cxd4

231 Chapter 4. 11...Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6, Old Main Line

247 Chapter 5. 11...Qc7 12.Nbd2, Bishop-moves

271 Chapter 6. 11...Nd7, 12th Move Sidelines

297 Chapter 7. 11...Nd7 12.Nbd2 (Main Line)

331 Chapter 8. 11...Nd7 12.a4 (Modern Line)


The Chigorin Bible