Apr 27, 2001

    BUY NOW! The 'Chess Stars Openings' series present an entirely new approach to the study of chess openings which can provoke the interest of chessplayers of all levels. Drawing examples from the games of today's leading grandmasters we present the principles of selection and successful employment of a harmonious opening repertoire, corresponding as close as possible to the style of a renown master.

The first three books are devoted to the shaping of a complete opening repertoire according to Kramnik (1.Nf3).
A. Khalifman "Opening for White according to Kramnik" - I (King's Indian, Indian, Anti-Grunfeld)

A. Khalifman "Opening for White according to Kramnik" - II (English Opening)

A. Khalifman "Opening for White according to Kramnik" - III (Queen's Gambit, Slav, Dutch)

The next book of the series will be: A. Khalifman "Opening for Black according to Karpov". There you will find - Caro-Cann, Queen's Indian, Nimtzowitsch, Catalan, English Opening.
Sample pages from vol.1 : page 11
page 12
page 13

Alexander Khalifman presents:

Dear Chessfriends,

The book in front of you is not a text on openings, at least not in the usual sense. It is not a book about the 1.Nf3 move, and at any rate not about the Reti opening. This is a book about the way to resolve White's opening problems once and for all with the help of Kramnik (my friend and indiscernible co-author) and under my guidance.

I have entertained the idea to write this book for quite some time. The choice-of-opening problem has always been rather harsh to the chessplayers. It has been further aggravated by the modern times. It is an open secret, that numerous wins can be attributed precisely to the superior opening preparation of one of the partners and to the right choice of an opening. How can this come about? How to select something appropriate for oneself from the ocean of opening schemes, plans and variations?

Here is one way to deal with this problem - take as your ideal model someone of today's leading grandmasters, whose style is akin to yourself and whose successes you admire. Then try to build your opening repertoire according to his. But there still remain a few problems though: whom to select as the prototype, on one hand, and, on the other, how to begin playing oneself the opening of one's hero? Of course, one can extract the latter's games from the database and take particular care to study them thoroughly. But this is also not quite simple in itself: your future opponent may not know the latest theoretical developments employed "at the highest level" at all, and, furthermore, he can at any time make a rather mediocre move or side-step the theory, and you will have to decide on your own: what to do next, what plan to select, how to obtain an advantage.

The grandmaster not only plays a particular opening. His entire opening repertoire is constructed with "all-round defence" in mind. In other words, every grandmaster has a collection of opening schemes, which he has studied well. He likes to play these, and always seeks to bring the game to his accustomed familiar positions. (For example, A. Karpov playing Black employs Queen's Gambit, and he can lead the game to latter's typical schemes after any of 1.d4, 1.Nf3, or 1.c4. Details on Karpov's "black opening" can be found in my next book "Opening for Black According to Karpov".) At last, having spent hundreds of hours, the grandmaster is finally equal to any opening exigency.

In contrast, I offer you to save a tremendous amount of time and effort and solve your opening problems playing White. We will learn to play the opening the way Kramnik does. Except that Kramnik's opponents are all grandmasters and it will hardly come to their minds to make the not very "literate" move 8:Qe7 in the King's Indian (p. 113), while your opponent can easily make it and it's your turn to decide what to do next: The answer can be found in this book! This is a book for those, who want to play the opening as Kramnik does, but whose opponents play somewhat weaker than Kasparov, Anand, :

When Kramnik makes the move 1.Nf3 he is not intending to play the Reti opening at all. He simply wants to obtain comfortable positions in case his opponent plays King's Indian, Gruenfeld, or Queen's Gambit. Those who will want to learn (or improve) to play correctly for White after 1.Nf3 do not need to be nearly proficient in the King's Indian, even less in the Gruenfeld. Having studied this book you will always be able to steer your way into a position you know (and quite pleasing at that!), and you will feel comfortable with the standard tactical and strategical motives and ideas, typical of the particular opening. Moreover, you will know how to obtain superior play opposite practically any normal and not always theoretical Black's move.

Furthermore, very rarely chessplayers, short of the master level, play closed openings. They consider the positions occurring after 1.d4 or 1.c4 quite boring. Rather more interesting seems to play 1.e4 and following 1:e5 discuss some "merry" opening, like King's Gambit, Evans Gambit: Yet, play 1.Nf3! and your inexperienced opponent can make a mistake within the very next few moves and - here comes the slashing attack! Even if Black plays the opening "by the rules", however, following my recommendations you will obtain a position with initiative, and then everything is in your hands - or rather in your head.

FIDE World Chess Champion 1999 GM A.Khalifman

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"Chess is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it;and thence it is never played for money."

Benjamin Franklin, "Chess made easy", 1802

"It is one of the insights of modern players, and especially of the best ones, that one has toplay the position itself, not some abstract idea of the position."

John Watson, "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy", 1998

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