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White Repertoire 1.e4 from the publisher "ChessBase"

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Title: White Repertoire 1.e4 Author: Alexander Bangiev
Language: English German Published: 2003
Publisher: ChessBase Gmbh Homepage:
Price: Ä 24,99
System requirements: Pentium, 32 MB RAM, Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP
Reviewed by: Pelle Bank Date: 27/6 2003

White Repertoire 1.e4

This CD is for players who like to play the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack (1.e4 c5 2.f4 or 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nc6 3.f4). The author - the International Master Alexander Bangiev has build up a repertoire for White based on the principles of this Variation.

  1. 1.e4 e5 2. Nc3 followed by 3. f4
  2. 1.e4 c5 followed by 2.Nc3 or 2.f4
  3. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 and 2.f4
  4. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
  5. 1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4
  6. 1.e4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.f4
  7. 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5
  8. 1.e4 d5 2.exd Qxd 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3
  9. 1.e4 d5 2.exd Nf6 3.Bb5+

According to Bangiev the main advantage of this repertoire is, that White is able to look at every opening from the same strategically point of view. Many lines lead to similar middlegame positions or even transposes like 1.e4 c5 2.f4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e5

This position can also arise in the French Defence after 1.e4 e6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3.


Not the Strongest or Most Popular Variations

Bangiev admits that the variations he proposes not are the strongest or the most popular. The CD is mainly for the attacking player who doesn't have time enough to study all openings in detail. The author himself has used the system with success many times.

Bangiev - Mende
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Qb6 6.Na3 Bd7 7.Nc2 Rc8 8.d3 f6 9. Be2 Qc7 10.0-0 fxe5 11.fxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Bf4 Qf6 14.d4 cxd 15.cxd Nh6 16.Bh5+ Kd8 17.Qd2 Be7 18.Qa5+ and White won easily.


Risky Suggestions

The CD contents more than 600 games annotated by the author and a database with 60.000 games. To make things easier Bangiev only mention the lines, which give White attacking chances. In every opening White is given the choice between a few different ways to play. In the Caro-Kann after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 White can choose between 4.Nc3 followed by 5.g4 and the more unusual 4.Ne2 e6 5.Nf4!?

I am no expert in this system, but my feeling is, that some of Bangievís suggestions are rather risky. In the Vienna game the author recommends 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Bc5 6.Qe2!? But after 6...Bf2+ 7.Kd1 Nxc3+ 8.dxc3 Bb6 9.Bg5 Qd7 10.Kd2 h6 11.Bh4 0-0 12.Rd1 Qa4 13.a3 Bf5 I would rather be Black.

I believe that this is an interesting CD for players who doesnít want to spend hour after hour studying theory. It is difficult to be an attacking player, if you have a bad position in every game after the first 15 moves. Bangiev's opening system is a collection of similar variations, which should make it easier for White to find the best moves.

Many of the variations on this CD is rarely played, and Bangiev has done a good job analysing the most critical positions. However some of the lines seem rather risky and it is my feeling, that Black has better chances in many variations if he finds the right moves.



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