Monday, January 23, 2012

Killer Opening Repertoire Reviewed

Today I received a newsletter from Chessville informing me that Bill McGeary has reviewed "A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire":

The review is in general favourable and contains no big surprises. In my opinion the reviewer somewhat misses the mark when he writes:
"Another thing is that the book is dated. Certainly the material in this book is very good, but a number of the lines have evolved a great deal since the first edition. Johnsen writes that only six new games appear in this edition and only one was taken out, also that some games were expanded."
My objection is that the main updating went into the notes and not into the games selection. Sean Marsh' review in Marsh Towers comes closer to my point of view: "Opening the book at random, I discovered an average of five post-1998 game references per double-page spread. Despite the outward appearance, showing (at first glance) the book to be more or less the same as the old edition, it is clear that Sverre has put a lot of work into creating this new edition, while keeping his footsteps very discrete."

Anyway, the review is mostly positive and for those too busy to look up and read the entire review, I quote McGeary's concluding words:
"I like this book a lot and would recommend it to players in the 1700-2100 range. At club level the material will be a heavy winner and in local tournaments nearly as potent. The most valuable aspect for readers of the book is seeing how the opening flows together as the piece arrangements work with the selected pawn structures. A perfect book for improving players in the rating range I mentioned."

These words certainly were true for the original edition and I hope I have contributed to the book's longevity.


Signalman said...

Not sure where best to post this, but as this is the current post...

See David Smerdon's recent post ( where he refers to your "Winning with the Stonewall" favourably, and credits it, and a Moskalenko book, for his Dutch opening knowledge.

As regards the " Killer Opening' book, glad it has a positive Chessville review.

Sverre Johnsen said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

An interesting blog in general and a very nice post on the Stonewall and our book. Moskalenko's chapter on the Stonewall complements our work quite nicely as he has his own ideas how it should be handled.

There haven't been any Stonewall posts for a while so I will probably mention this reference in a separate entry. However, today I expect to be busy so it must wait for a day or two.