Jacob Aagaard & John Shaw (Editors)
Quality Chess · 2006 · Revised Edition
Paperback · 440 pp.
2007 British Champion, GM Jacob Aagaard, and three-time Scottish Champion
GM John Shaw, have recruited a line-up of eight Grandmasters and two International Masters to share
their expert recommendations against their own pet lines
in the Sicilian Defense. Note: Jacob Aagaard was awarded
his GM title in 2007.
The core principle in this repertoire is to tackle
the critical main lines, the Open variations: the Najdorf/Bg5, Dragon/Yugoslav,
Sveshnikov, Richter-Rauzer, Taimanov,
Kan, Kalashnikov, Scheveningen/Keres, Four Knights, and lesser played Pin Variation.
To round out the repertoire, minor lines and move order
variations are examined. One chapter covers the
Nimzowitsch Variation (2... Nf6), and the final
two chapters address other second move options and
a hodgepodge of unusual lines, like the "dubious"
Lowenthal, offbeat O'Kelly, and 2... b6.
This is the second (revised) edition of this book.
It uses a new expanded format, and includes
a number of improvements (for both sides) since the
original 2004 printing. Highly Recommended
The experts include Grandmasters
Sune Berg Hansen (Taimanov/Kan),
Mikhail Golubev (Dragon),
Thomas Luther (Najdorf), Viktor Gavrikov (Scheveningen),
Peter Heine Nielsen (Accelerated Dragon),
Alexander Raetsky (Four Knights),
Peter Wells (Richter)
IM Jan Pinski (Kalashnikov),
plus editors Shaw (minor lines) and
Aagaard (Sveshnikov and minor lines).
A second team of experts was assembled to help
Sicilian enthusiasts face all the
annoying Anti-Sicilian systems, called
Expert on the Anti-Sicilians →