The Modern Scandinavian Chess OpeningMatthias Wahls's "Modernes Skandinavisch I" was a huge success when
it was published in Germany in 1997. Wahls’s book contributed to the
growing popularity of the Scandinavian (or Center Counter) Defense as a
solid chess opening weapon for Black.
Themes, Structures & Plans in an
Increasingly Popular Chess Opening
The Scandinavian is especially practical for
chess players of the Black pieces who don't want to learn too much theory and who don't want
to be dependent on White's choice of which chess opening to play.
The Modern Scandinavian
is an updated and expanded translation of "Modernes Skandinavisch 2",
which appeared in 2006 and also became a bestseller. This second book
focuses not on theoretical lines but on the structural ideas after the
moves 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5.
• What are the basic ideas in the Scandinavian?
• How do pawn structures dictate plans of attack?
• Which tactical motifs can be expected in certain typical positions?
book features complete games with lots of smoothly written verbal
explanations, making the material highly accessible for amateur players.
Co-authors Karsten Müller and Hannes Langrock have added a new theoretical appendix that provides a condensed chess opening repertoire for Black players.
The original edition of "The Modern Scandinavian"
has acquired cult status among chess aficionados. Some have even
confessed to have learned German in order to be able to read it! This is
no longer necessary, and this new edition will stand for many years,
since it is about structures, not about the latest fashions.
Grandmaster Matthias Wahls was a German champion in 1996 and 1997. In his home country he has made a name for himself as a chess teacher.
Grandmaster Karsten Müller has gained a great reputation as a author. His "Fundamental Chess Endings" (with Frank Lamprecht) won the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award, and more recently he published "Bobby Fischer: The Career and Complete Games of the American World Champion". In 2007 Müller was voted "Chess Trainer of the Year" by the German Chess Federation.
is a successful International Master who in recent years has written
many articles on openings. His first book, "The Modern Morra Gambit"
appeared in 2006.
Author: Karsten Müller and Hannes Langrock
Title: International Grandmaster
Publisher: New in Chess
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