Introducing a new book, bound in two volumes, not only containing an astonishing new “pure gambit” named the Miami Variation, but a very delightful, interesting and insightful adventure through a unique perspective of historical chess. Quotes, adages, personal stories and more of both the old and new Masters woven masterfully into the text and the story at hand. They will entertain, amuse and educate the reader.

In the Chapter titled “the Uncooperative Opponent”, wherein Black sidesteps the gambit with the Petrov, Philidor, Latvian Gambit and Elephant Gambit, there are recommended lines for White that, at the same time truly complement and supplement volume II, “A Guiding Repertoire for White-e4!” These lines are in keeping with the philosophy and spirit of the short concise representations of the second volume.

New ideas, technical novelties and more on the age old Italian game with 4.d4!, allowing the sharp and forcing “Italian Gambit” to emerge. This move, a surprising one to many, transforms the classic “Giouco Piano” or literally the quiet game into anything but it’s revered and somewhat sedate namesake.

Black’s Third Move, 3....Bc5 seems “safe” and allows the second player plenty of time to develop (quietly) for positional play. This will occur on White playing almost any reasonable move, except for the center assaulting, initiative gaining 4.d4! .... being the main focus of this endeavor.

4.d4! is clearly a forcing move, Black must react! Whatever unfolds from this point, White will have central control, lead in development, the initiative and it is White not Black who will get the first emerging tactical opportunities.

Accurate play by Black is necessary to hold and neutralize the initial gains of the opposition, and it will be difficult to demonstrate anything better than equality, or that White cannot claim real compensation for the gambit pawn.

This book involves no less than three (3) years of study, Master Analysis;
including complete computer verification of all important variations.

The New Age Is Here

"Electronic tools to help with preparation, far from making chess sterile, has given scope for great creativity - chess, once considered a game of “rules” and principles, which might occasionally be broken, has been transformed into a struggle where concrete considerations are paramount.”

Graham Burgess, 1999
(Chess Highlights of the 20th Century)

Authors: George S. Laven & Jude Acers


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