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by Jan Pinski

  • ISBN: 185744311X
  • Category: Humor
  • Author: Jan Pinski
  • Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess; 1st edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • FB2 size: 1252 kb
  • EPUB size: 1119 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 205
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Of course, this book will also help you play the Four Knights with White

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Of course, this book will also help you play the Four Knights with White. And that can come in handy, even if you play the Ruy. When I was a beginner, decades ago, I decided to play the Exchange Ruy with White.

Jan Pinski's book on The Two Knights Defence covers all the main lines but leaves something to be desired. By enlarge this book seems to be a dump of data base analysis and Pinski relies heavily on his contemporaries past analysis. Often times Pinski simply says "And white is better" without much insight for the reader about which structural or tactical weaknesses make this to be the case. 3 people found this helpful.

The Four Knights book. Adherents include the renowned tactician from Latvia, Alexei Shirov. The Four Knights has the distinction of being one of the oldest openings. International Master Jan Pinski delves into the secrets of the Four Knights for the first time, studying the tactical and strategic ideas for both White and Black players. Pinski covers both the fashionable main lines and the tricky sidelines, bringing readers right up to date with the expanding theory.

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International Master Jan Pinski delves into the secrets of the Four Knights for the first time, studying the strategic ideas for both white and black players. Pinksi covers both the fashionable main lines and the tricky sidelines, bringing the reaser up to date with the expanding theory.

The Four Knights has the distinction of being one of the oldest openings in the history of chess. In a king's pawn opening, both players bring out their knights before contemplating further development. Despite its deceptively peaceful appearance, the Four Knights can lead to wild gambit play as well as calmer positional waters.

The Four Knights - Jan Pinski

The Four Knights - Jan Pinski. Guest on Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:55 pm. The Four Knights - Jan Pinski. Thanks to ChessCaissa for the previous upload. Looking for the PGN if someone got it.

The Four Knights has the distinction of being one of the oldest openings in the history of chess. In a king's pawn opening, both players bring out their knights before contemplating further development. Despite its deceptively peaceful appearance, the Four Knights can lead to wild gambit play as well as calmer positional waters. Adherents include the renowned tactician from Latvia, Alexei Shirov. International Master Jan Pinski delves into the secrets of the Four Knights for the first time, studying the tactical and strategic ideas for both White and Black players. Pinski covers both the fashionable main lines and the tricky sidelines, bringing readers right up to date with the expanding theory.
Reviews about The Four Knights (3):
Awene
A lot of great theory and implementation of ideas presented.
Munigrinn
This book would get 4 stars if the author had done some original analysis and had worked a little harder to find alternative ways for White to play for a win. A big book like this is going to be bought by people who play the Four Knights, not people who just need to know how to meet it, because most people rarely meet it.
Specifically, the main line 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Bb4 5 0-0 0-0 6 d3 d6 7 Bg5 Bxc3 8 bxc3 is woefully undercovered. White's sharpest reply to Metger's 8...Qe7, 9 d4!, is not even mentioned, and the complex 7...Ne7 line that is recommended as equalizing does not receive enough supporting analysis to justify this conclusion.
The coverage of the Rubinstein line 4...Nd4 is pretty good, and it remains the toughest nut for White to crack. Pinski is correct that 5.Ba4 is White's only chance for an advantage against the Rubinstein; however, 5.Bc4 and 5.0-0!? deserve a bit more space than they get -- they are good practical choices for White even if theoretically equal.
Pinski spends a lot of space on 4.d4 and Glek's 4.g3, even though the first has been analyzed to death and the second should not worry Black. But he dismisses 4.Bc4!? simply because of the fork trick 4...Nxe4, without giving the Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit 5.0-0! any serious consideration, although it is quite difficult for Black to meet unprepared, and not bad for White even if Black is prepared. Furthermore, White can avoid the fork trick by switching move orders (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Nc3, or 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d3 Bc5 5 Nc3), and the resulting "Italian Four Knights" requires careful handling by Black.
TheJonnyTest
If you answer 1 e4 with 1...e5, you'll almost certainly have to face the Four Knights with Black. And this book will help you learn it. After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6, you will learn what to do against:

4 a3 d5! (a Scotch Four Knights with colors reversed!)
4 Bc4? Nxe4! (you can also get here by trying to play a Two Knights defence with Black).
4 g3 (the Glek system) 4...d5 (4...Bc5 is also given a chapter)
4 d4 exd4 5 Nd5 (the Belgrade gambit) 5...Be7
4 d4 exd4 5 Nxd4 Bb4 (the main line of the Scotch Four Knights)
4 Bb5 Nd4 (4...Bb4 is also given a chapter), the Spanish Four Knights. Actually, Pinski shows that 4...Bd6 is also quite playable here. One of the more unusual variations he gives here is 4...Bd6 5 g4 Bc5 6 g5, but I'd certainly much rather have Black in this position.

Of course, this book will also help you play the Four Knights with White. And that can come in handy, even if you play the Ruy. When I was a beginner, decades ago, I decided to play the Exchange Ruy with White. But the first time I tried it, it went like this:

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6. I did not want to play against the Petroff Defence, so I decided to play something I knew (since I defended against 1 e4 with 1...e5), namely the main line of the Scotch Four Knights! 3 Nc3 Nc6 4 d4 exd4 5 Nxd4 Bc5 (oops, my opponent chose a rare sideline) 6 Nxc6 bxc6 7 Bd3 d6 8 0-0 and I had at least an equal game, and maybe a slight edge. In any case, I was never in trouble and eventually won. To my surprise, as this book relates, this exact position was reached many years later in the game Miles versus Hebden.

In my next attempt to play the Exchange Ruy, the game went:

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6. (Oh, no! That's my beloved Berlin Defence! I decided to avoid it with White, and try the Spanish Four Knights instead.) 4 Nc3 Bb4 5 0-0 0-0. (Now I played a rare sideline myself, to try to get my opponent out of his book.) 6 Re1 (this move is not in Pinski's book, but it is playable) 6...d6 7 Bxc6 bxc6 8 d4 exd4. (I was getting worried here. If I played 9 Nxd4, Black would probably be in good shape after 9...Bxc3. So I considered playing 9 Qxd4, but I eventually decided against it.) 9 Nxd4 Bb7 (It seems that Black got the idea of playing Bb7, c5, and Bxc3, winning my e-pawn, but he did not execute this plan very well.) 10 Bg5 (defending against this threat) 10...h6 11 Bd2 (As you will see, I am still defending against the threat.) 11...Bxc3 12 Bxc3 c5 (chasing my Knight to where I wanted to play it anyway) 13 Nf5 Bxe4? (Now Black gets slaughtered.) 14 Rxe4 Nxe4 15 Bxg7 (15 Qg4 is even better) 15...Qg5 16 Qf3 Nd2 (if 16...Rfe8 17 h4) 17 Qd5 c6 18 Qd3 Rfe8 19 Bxh6 Qh5 20 Bxd2 Re5 21 Qg3+ Qg6 (if 21...Kf8 22 Bh6+) 22 Qxe5 Black Resigns

I recommend this book, and I advise all chess players to learn about the Four Knights.

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