Play the Scandinavian by Christian BauerPlay the Scandinavian by Christian Bauer

Play the Scandinavian

byChristian Bauer

Paperback | October 1, 2010

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When opening a chess game with the Scandinavian, 1.e4 d5, Black decides on the very first move where the battle will be fought – a significant gain for any competitive player. Grandmaster Christian Bauer is one of the world’s leading experts on the Scandinavian and in this book he reveals the secrets of his over-the-board success.

Bauer focuses particularly on 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5, the established main line of the Scandinavian. An understanding of the move order nuances is essential, and Bauer is an ideally-qualified guide.

Christian Bauer is a grandmaster and former French Chess Champion.
Title:Play the ScandinavianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.75 × 1.1 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Quality ChessLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:190655255X

ISBN - 13:9781906552558

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent addition to the Scandinavian literature This is another winner from Quality Chess and author Christian Bauer. It focuses on the the lines after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 so if you want to focus on the lines after 3...Qd6, you will need another reference such as the Russel Enterprises 2009 "Scandinavian Defense - The Dynamic 3... Qd6" book by Michael Melts. The 2004 books by Plaskett and Emms are still relevant for White players who want to meet all the alternatives. The 2011 New in Chess "The Modern Scandinavian" by Wahls, Muller and Langrock also focuses on 3...Qa5. The other recent book (2009) on this line is "starting out: the Scandinavian" by Jovanka Houska which might be a better choice for beginners and novice players if you need to choose just one book. It also contains a number of alternative lines like 2...Nf6 though not in great depth. It will also work for more advanced players but the Bauer book is better suited for stronger players.The review book features in depth coverage by a strong grandmaster with lots of analysis and plenty of variations. One of my chess mentors used to play this variation against all comers. The Scandinavian is a solid and under-rated system though it seems to be more popular recently.
Date published: 2011-06-07

Editorial Reviews

“Bauer makes a compelling case for why Black can still play the Scandinavian with 3...Qa5 and provides ample analysis to support his thesis.”

Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe