Beating Unusual Chess Openings

By Richard Palliser

Beating Unusual Chess Openings
Beating Unusual Chess Openings
Everyman chess (2006)
223 pages
Reviewed by John Donaldson
A book thatís a few years old but still worth purchasing is IM Richard Palliserís Beating Unusual Chess Openings. Titles of books can mean different things, and in this case unusual can be defined as all first moves except 1.e4 and 1.d4. Everything else from the English to the Grob (1.g4) is to be found in this volume.

A particular concern of Palliserís is that a playerís opening choices mesh, particularly against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 (angling for 2.c4). Clearly, if one met 1.Nf3 with 1...c5 but didnít play the Sicilian that would be unfortunate (since White could reply 2.e4). Likewise, if one defended the English with 1...e5 but replied to 1.Nf3 with 1...Nf6 and after 2.c4 looked around blankly, that would also not be good. Palliser suggest several repertoires based on ...c5, or ...Nf6/g6 or ...Nf6/e6. Some of his suggestions are novel and certain to attract attention like 1.f4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4 which I couldnít find anywhere in IM Tim Taylorís excellent book on the Bird.