Winning Quickly with 1.b3 and 1...b6

Crush your opponents in the opening, both with white and black.

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I quit chess in 2012. I didn't touch it for several years. So I decided to test my strength in an Internet blitz. I started from scratch. The board floated in front of my eyes and my knee trembled. Less than two months later, I crossed the grandmaster rating mark. My opponents, including many renowned players, played chess better than I did. However, surprisingly, I knew more. On a small island of chess theory, which attracted them, I was better equipped. Much better! About 30% of the games ended in victories around the 20th move. A quarter of the games simply ended in matches. In all games, I opened with the moves 1.b3 and 1b6...”.

International master Ilya Odessky is the world's leading expert in chess opening systems 1.b3 and 1...b6. Despite their apparent calmness, these openings can become extremely sharp. Now Odessky presents his findings and achievements of recent years. Its disconcerting traps will help you crush your opponents in the opening, with both white and black.

Odessky admits that some of his lines may be objectively somewhat dubious. But in the lightning fast games will lead to a spectacular game and many surprising victories. Ilya Odessky will entertain, amuse and surprise you in this very unusual chess opening book filled with ultra-romantic chess.

It 's Ilya Odessky is a Russian international master, a well-known chess coach and a prolific author.

Praise for the work 1.b3 by Ilya Odessky: The Nimzo-Larsen attack, a friend for life (2008):

"Odessky is not only a creative writer, but also an excellent chess instructor who combines sharp prose with elegant objectivity". - Arne Moll from ChessVibes

"A book of openings as entertaining and original as we've seen in years". - British chess magazine

"A book worth more than the variations described in it". - Bill McGeary from Chessville

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Ilya Odessky
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17.1 x 23.5cm



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