The Petroff Defence has traditionally been regarded as a reliable defensive mechanism to counter the aggressive 1 e4. It also has a reputation for being one of the most drawish of all openings and a choice that Black only makes when content to achieve a draw. However, in recent years, this has all changed. A new generation of players, spearheaded by the 2018 World Championship challenger, Fabiano Caruana (whose qualification route was built heavily around the Petroff), are re-interpreting this ancient defence. While recognising the impressive solidity of the Petroff they are honing it into a fine counter-attacking weapon.
Opening Repertoire: The Petroff Defence examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans. The suggested lines for Black are based around the very latest games and analsysis.
* A complete repetoire for Black in the Petroff Defence.
* A question and answer approach provides an excellent study method.
… particularly strong when presenting the key ideas and model games, but that does not mean there are no new ideas within waiting to be played.
Interactive questions sprinkled throughout the book and plenty of explanatory prose help to engage the reader and break up the theoretical nitty-gritty in The Petroff Defense, which will meet the needs of students rated between 1800 to 2300. It covers not only the Petroff, but also White’s attempts to steer the game into a Scotch Four Knights (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4) or regular Four Knights (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5) by sidestepping them with 3…Bb4.