- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Everyman Chess (31. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1857446666
- ISBN-13: 978-1857446661
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 2,5 x 24,4 cm
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The Nimzo-Indian: Move by Move (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Oktober 2011
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Emms is an excellent writer, as he has proven countless times in the past, so he is able to present the material in an interesting fashion. He leads the reader through the maze of variations and makes him understand what is important and what is not. This helps keep you entertained and focused on the task at hand. The task of learning the Nimzo is a large one, and you are bound to learn a great deal from studying the material in this book, especially with the tutelage that Emms provides. I enjoyed this book tremendously. I learned something from it and am sure that others will too. Anyone rated between 1500 and 2300 will benefit from this book. With the repertoire choices picked by Emms, the reader will be able to start playing the opening with confidence right from the get-go. ****** out of 6 Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe.com
This is a new series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.In this book, Grandmaster John Emms invites you to join him in a study of the Nimzo-Indian an opening which is highly popular at all levels of chess and has been his favourite defence to 1 d4 for over 30 years. Here he shares his experience and knowledge, examines the opening from both sides of the board and offers answers to all the key questions.Essential guidance and training in the Nimzo-IndianWritten by a renowned Nimzo-Indian expertIncludes a Nimzo-Indian repertoire for Black"Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This book is written by John Emms. No duh?! John Emms is the current chief adviser of Everyman Chess and has this unnatural ability to be able to crank out book after book. But are those books of high quality intended for their target audience? I personally think so. John Emms has written some great books in the past such as The Easy Guide to the Ruy Lopez, Easy Guide to the Nimzo-Indian, Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style, Play 1. e4 e5, his little snippet on the New Archangel on the theoretical tome on the Archangel, Play the Open Games as Black, The Survival Guide to Rook Endings and other great books written for Everyman's Starting Out series. But what makes these books that Emms has written in the past so great? Well, I personally believe it's a mixture of a couple reasons: 1. Emms has great work ethic. If he personally hasn't dabbled in the subject, he will compensate his lack of experience with very deep research. An example would be Emms' book on the Najdorf in which Emms has cited many works in his bibliography. 2. Even if Emms has experience in that subject... well, all the better: you will get deep research, great practical advice and insightful explanatory prose.
John Emms being the chief adviser of Everyman made me think that when the project for the Move by Move series was underway, John Emms was the only one out of the other writers for the series to even have any ideal vision for what the final product would even look like (assuming that it was probably his idea for creating the series). What I felt he did what the other two authors failed to do was mix explanatory prose with a comprehensible repertoire with two or even three options for the main lines. Of course it will usually be easier to provide a comprehensible repertoire for Black than with White which Neil McDonald did for the Ruy Lopez: Move by Move, which is almost equally as good.
As for the Nimzo-Indian credentials, well, that should be the easiest part. John Emms practices what he preaches. If you look in your database or look up "John M Emms" on chessgames.com you will find that he does play the Nimzo and you will easily notice that the Nimzo is his main response to 1. d4. He has also written The Easy Guide to the Nimzo-Indian and if you've read Play the Nimzo-Indian by Edward Dearing you will find that John Emms influenced Dearing's choice for opting for the Nimzo-Indian. Now I will move on to the meat of the book.
When I first received this book, the first things I did was read the sections on 4. Qc2 (Classical variation) and 4. e3 (Rubinstein). Much to my surprise not only did I come out with a better understanding but was also delighted by his choice of lines for those variations.
Against 4. Qc2 Emms recommends
1. d4 Nf6
2. c3 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. Qc2 0-0
5. a3 Bxc3+
6. Qxc3 d5!?
This line has apparently been all the rage lately in elite GM level and is Kramnik's current primary choice against the Classical variation. Usually b6 is played here where Black is very solid. Emms covers 6. ... b6 in Easy Guide to the Nimzo-Indian. Against 6. ... b6 White usually plays 7. Bg5. Against 6. ... d5 I figured the acid test of that variation will be 7. Bg5. I quickly turned to the pages on 7. Bg5 and much to my surprise Emms gives the readers two options against this Bishop move. The first option is to play 7. ... c5 where Black sacrifices a pawn to seize the initiative and open the board up while White's development is slightly hindered. The second option which Emms believes to be sound and active (which I agree) is to play 7. ... dxc4 with the idea of transposing into 7. Nf3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b6 9. Bg5 with White alternatives on the way to the transposition covered.
Against the Classical variation Emms also recommends 4. ... c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 as an alternative line justifying that this line is more plan based compared to his main recommendation with 4. ... 0-0 and that you can easily get by memorizing very little in that line. Usually Black ends up adopting a Hedgehog formation. I haven't read that entire chapter yet but I might consider reading it and perhaps even adopting this recommendation as well.
Against the main line Rubinstein 4. e4 0-0 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. 0-0 Emms recommends 7. ... dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. Qe2 b6 taking play into the Parma variation and the fertile ground 7. ... Nc6 8. a3 Ba5!?. Against 5. Nge2 Emms recommends the Reshevsky variation.
While reading through the few chapters I decided to plow through I tried answering some of the questions Emms poses to his readers and despite the fact that many would assume that the Move by Move books are targeted towards club players of intermediate strength (which is me of course) many of the questions I ended up answering made me feel about how little I knew about the Nimzo. I never liked chess quizzes or exercises from other authors because they never seemed to be able to justify their answers using prose and analysis and at times their reasoning for such answers can be quite faulty. So far Emms and McDonald have made me enjoy doing chess exercises. Their answers are always engaging and they always tell you why. My favorite parts so far in The Nimzo-Indian: Move by Move have been the multiple choice exercises. In the book previews on Amazon go to pages 12-13. When I stumbled on to that exercise I guessed ... c5. Let's just say I was quite enlightened when Emms elaborated on why ... Qd7 was the right way to execute the plan for attacking the c4 pawn. Although that exercise isn't a multiple choice exercise, as you go through the book you will find that there will be some here and there to keep your noggin busy.
As for books to supplement this work... Well... the nice thing about the Nimzo-Indian is that you will never get bored of it and you will, like Emms, always learn something new. If you want to play more aggressive variations and/or explore fertile ground, I highly recommend Play the Nimzo-Indian by Edward Dearing. I also recommend Carsten Hansen's theoretical tome on the 4. e3 Nimzo if you want to shuffle up lines and incorporate lines such as the Hubner or the Karpov variation. Challenging the Nimzo by David Vigorito basically covers the 4. Qc2 variation for both colors which should be useful for any ambitious Nimzo player.
As for a companion with the Nimzo against moves like 3. Nf3 and 3. g3 I recommend The Queen's Indian by Yrjola and Tella if you're interested in playing the QID and would like to switch between many lines. I have also heard from many people that Play the QID by Andrew Greet is an excellent book as well. Declining the Queen's Gambit by John Cox looks good as well and also provides a line against the Catalan. The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni is a good book for those who're willing to work very hard seeing as the Modern Benoni is a headache of a complex to understand properly. If you know a lot of Catalan players having Play the Catalan by Nigel Davies could help you shuffle up lines against opposition.
If you wait until December New In Chess will release a theoretical tome on the Ragozin Defence and Chess Stars sometime in the near future will release a repertoire book on the Nimzo and a repertoire book on the Bogo-Indian.
My first exposure to the Nimzo Indian is the book, Opening for Black According to Karpov by Alexander Khalifman which covers Nimzo/QID (which should serve club players for a long time) and what I feel is an outdated line against the Catalan. If you get that book you have lines in the QID as well as the added benefit of incorporating 1. ... e5 Four Knights English and Symmetrical English in your repertoire as well as coverage against 1. d4 deviations.
A book I would love to see by John Emms in this series in the future would be "The New Archangel: Move by Move." Very little has been written on this opening with the exception of Shirov's dvd on the opening so far. I also feel that Emms would be the perfect person to write such a book because the New Archangel isn't as sharp has the Archangel proper which is also a little bit more theoretical at this point.
Unfortunately, Everyman Chess has done a rotten job with the physical production of the book. The book is a hefty 368 pages, but Everyman has chosen to bind it the way you would bind a cheap pamphlet. As a result, the book will simply not remain open. You have to read it with one hand pressing down on the book. The second you take your hand off the book, it closes! Both the reader and the author deserve better.
What can you expect from John Emms and Everyman chess publishing? That depends on your particular cup of cafe, tea, beer, or alcohol! Or even better for the non-drinking types out there. This is a great edition from the new "Move by Move" series of Everyman books. The information on this defense is new/updated and inspired with the passion of the author's no nonsense writing style. I was impressed by the book's size, layout and tight binding. It will not lay flat when using with a mini-board but having books that did lay out nicely, caused some pages to come apart. That WILL NOT be a problem with this 350+ page book! Just bend down the pages accordingly and you'll be fine. WHO SAID LEARNING GREAT CHESS ISN'T WORK?!? I purchased this book to supplement my TANGO Defense (1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6) with a Nimzo variation that occured quite frequently during play. This book offers just the right mix of comments/notation needed to give you a clear/concise game plan for Black and White, including annotated games stressing the ideas involved. Keep the "Move by Move" series ALIVE Everyman publishing and we're looking forward to the books on the Sicilian Defenses....In the meantime, BUY, BUY, BUY this book!
Below is what Chessbase shows:
Labensky,Igor (2407) - Brodsky,Michail (2554) [E43]
UKR-ch KO 74th Rivne (1.1), 24.08.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 b6 6.e3 Bb7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Bd3 Na5 9.e4 Ba6 10.e5 Ng8 11.Qa4 c5 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Rc1 Ne7 14.Ne2 Qc6 15.Qc2 Bxc4 16.dxc5 Nd5 17.Bf2 bxc5 18.Bxc4 Nxc4 19.Qe4 Nde3 20.Qxc6 dxc6 21.Nf4 0–0–0 22.Bxe3 Nxe3 23.Ke2 Nc4 24.Nd3 Rd5 25.f4 Kc7 26.Rhf1 Rb8 27.Rc2 Nxa3 28.Ra2 Rb3 29.Rc1 a5 30.Nb2 c4 31.Nd1 Nb5 32.Ra4 Ra3 33.Rxa3 Nxa3 34.Ra1 Nb5 35.Ke1 a4 36.Ne3 Nxc3 37.Nxc4 Rd4 38.Nb2 Rxf4 39.Ra3 Re4+ 40.Kf2 Re2+ 41.Kf3
And here is what Emms shows:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 b6 6.f3 Ba6 7.e4 Nc6 8.Bd3 Na5 9.e5 Bg8 10.Qa4 c5…. (this is as far as I could follow in the “Look Inside” Amazon feature).
After the first five moves nothing Emms shows matches up with Chessbase - it's all different. And as I mentioned above, Emms' position diagram published in the book is wrong as well.
To clarify, a superficial survey of the moves might cause some might argue that Emms' moves appear just to be order transposed, but that is hardly the full story as the key move under discussion, which is 6. ...Bb7 (more on that below), is totally missing in Emms' account. Nowhere to be found. The same is true of 6.e3. Both of these moves are totally absent from Emms' score sheet.
What does one make of this?
Well....first of all isn't move order in a series entitled "Move by Move" critical? Transposed moves can at any point shift into an entirely different game and here Emms has lost an entire tempo by eliminating and as a result condensing the moves.
But, even if you insist on disregarding the importance of move order (in an opening book?) there is an even more troubling problem here... according to Chessbase, Black actually played the very move [6....Bb7] that Emms' annotation clearly says is a bad choice!!!
Here is a direct quote of what Emms says on pages 10 and 11:
"Exercise: Where should Black develop his light-squared bishop: b7 or a6? Answer: 6....Ba6! Question: Why is Ba6 better than 6.... Bb7? Answer: Brodsky is not just developing his pieces: he's developing them with a specific plan - to target White's weak pawn on c4. If Black doesn't exploit this opportunity to do so, the reasoning behind 3....Bb4 and 4....Bxc3+ is lost.."
Let me pause here to say that I have to take issue with Emms' offhand comments above regarding the wisdom of a fianchetto of the Bishop to b7 as obviously there are many Nimzo-Indian lines where Bb7 is the preferred book line! No less a player than Paul Keres regularly played this exact same move (see his 1953 Candidates tournament against Gligoric!) And by the way, Keres also won his game using this supposed “inferior” move!!! It has been often said that Paul Keres was the greatest Grandmaster never to have become World Champion!
So just on the face of it Emms' reasoning is just flat out wrong in terms of general application and for the specific position at hand.... So, this is very curious indeed - is the advice offered by Emms throughout the rest of this book just as shallow? I do not know, but this does not portend well for the other chapters.
But in any case, back to the issue at hand... Emms then goes on at length to explain in exacting detail as to why he thinks 6....Bb7 is such an obviously inferior move. You can of course read all this for yourself in the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon that I mentioned earlier. My point, to repeat myself again, is that Brodsky actually won this game despite playing the very move that Emms says is an error! The same move that Paul Keres often played. How messed up is that???
As a result of all this I found that the advice offered here to be very confusing... to say the least. Do I now have to PROOFREAD every remaining game in this book myself since the publisher obviously did not? Do I have to take Emms' advice with a grain of salt throughout this book since he obviously does not recognize the value of a fianchetto of the Bishop in the Nimzo-Indian Defense!? For those of you wondering, the fianchetto of the Bishop did in fact force/influence White to play/reply with f3... so yes, Mr.Emms there was a reason for the move... In any case I only surveyed the first game here and already I have two solid reasons not to purchase this book. What else would I discover that is not right should I review the rest of this book? No thanks. I'll just stop right here. I have already wasted enough time with this.
So, is this just nit-picking on my part? Perhaps so if you happen to think accuracy in chess books is unimportant. However, since this is only the very first game in the book it causes me to question anything Emms says in other chapters. Is the rest of the book full of similar errors? Do I have to do the publisher's job of proofreading this entire book? Sort of takes the fun out of it... No thanks.
I will of course stand corrected if somebody can show me that Chessbase is wrong... Any takers? I'll delete this review if shown that this is my error. Can somebody prove to me that Emms is right and Chessbase is wrong?
I was seriously considering purchasing this book until I ran into this brick wall called "Game 1".
I will concede to those of you out there who will defend this book regardless of what I say that in a certain sense these mistakes are superfluous to the main intent of the book which is the reasoning behind the moves. Even if there are errors you will likely benefit from the REASONING offered here.... But, this sort of chicanery just doesn't instill confidence from a reader perspective.
A real shame given the excellent reviews generally given... but I am going to take a stand and pass up any chess books that have mistakes and shallow advice that are this obvious. Go back and do it right.
I'll take a pass on this book.