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Revised version

having discovered still some little mistakes in the chess notation
in the beginner's chapter, we revised the previous editions:

now on Kindle:

Learning the Chess Openings, Kindle version

Ofcourse the paperback version also has been update,
and the price reduced (!):

Better Chess openings (paperpack)


NB this basically is the same book as the Kindle book above, but
in addition a table with openings for beginners and intermediate
players (Black and White) has been added at the end.

It also is for sale on Lulu.com
Lulu version (paperback)

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A super-GM repertoire

From my research the English opening (1.c4!) seems a good
first move in top level chess. Although the fundamental differences
between various opening moves are small (*), and a good GM
obviously also tries to look at what the opponent usually plays,
or knows (repertoire). Yet fundamentally, it also matters to know
how theory  develops, for example:

1.c4 e5 (1...c6 leads to Slav2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3! Bb4! (3...Bc5
4.Nf3! e4 5.Nd4 0-0 6.Bg2 Bxc3 7.dxc3 d6 8.0-0 Re8 9.Nc2
and White maintains a slight advantage.

Otherwise, after 1. c4  Nf6  2. d4 e6 (2...g6 leads to Gruenfeld
or Kings-Indian) 3. Nc3    (g3 also is possible) Bb4!  4. Qc2!  0-0
(5. e4!?   d5   6. e5   Ne4  7. Bd3  c5 8. Nf3  cxd4  9. Nxd4 Nd7
10. Bf4   Ndc5 11. 0-0  Nxd3=) 5.Nf3! d5 (c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.g3!
Nxc5 8,Bg2 b6 [...Nce4 9. 0-0 Nxc3 10. bxc3  Be7 11. e4  d6
12. e5  dxe5 13. Nxe5 Qc7 14. Qe2  Bd6 15. Re1 Bd7 16.Bg5!N]
9.0-0 Bxc3  10.Qxc3 Bb7 11.Rd1! Qe7 12.Qa3! +/=) 6.a3 Bxc3
7.Qxc3 dxc4  
8.Qxc4 b6  9.Bg5  Ba6  10.Qa…

Black is ok, chess is a draw with perfect play..

With some more Rybka analysis, i'm convinced that
chess is a draw, with perfect play for black.
After e4 e5!, and with the Ruy Lopez it seems not
possible anymore to obtain a structural advantage
for white. Neither with the Bobuljubow Ruy Lopez
variation (8.d4) nor with the Closed RL with 9.h3,
as not only the Zaitsev (10..Bb7) but maybe also
the Breyer (10..Nb8) can maintain equality
for black, i.e. equally valued positions.

Of course careful play for black is needed,
to anticipate any winning plans for white,
but i've analyzed these lines deep enough i think
that a draw seems 99.999 % likely with perfect
play for black.

If one would talk about 'solving' chess, ie.
trying to find a forced win for white against any
defence for black (like eg. in four-in-a-row) then
proving chess would be a draw, also would be a
'solution' of chess. So, i now can say that
chess has been 'solved', its a draw.. :)

'Proof':
*if* there would be a forced win for white…