Monday, January 7, 2013

Silver Tape Treatment of 1. e4

I very much like the outline of the opening books from Chess Star Publishing and their "three step approach" which makes learning the appropriate amount of theory or ideas much easier.

Vladimir Barsky's "The Modern Philidor Defence" offer a few useful pieces of advice for the Silver Tape Repertoire. The tweet sized summary is to play "1. e4 d6" to reach the backbone structure of the Silver Tape repertoire (See previous post).

How about the typical Philidor endgame (1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8)? According to Vladimir gets some initiative but it is still a chess game.


  1. Out of interest what is the 'three step approach' ? I've never seen a Chess Stars book...

    On the endgame, I agree, White may have an initiative, but its not over for Black. At my level, many White players assume they are ahead as Black can't castle, so psychologically at least, Black is OK.

    A similar position arises from the Old Indian, except that there is usually a pawn on c4 to target.

    What does Barsky recommend for White here ?

  2. What I call the "three steps approach" differs from the ordinary opening manual by presenting the material in three iterations instead of all att once.

    The first iteration is "Quick Repertoire" which presents all you need to get started. The second iteration is called "Step by Step" and is more of a theoretical cookbook. The third iteration is a collection of complete Games similar to what you find in the standard opening book.

    I guess quite a few players will find all they need in the Quick Repertoire and can make good use of the rest of the stuff as references.

    Most opening books identify the tabyias of the opening carefully enough. The Chess Stars books does a better job but perhaps indirectly by presenting the Quick Repertoire lines up to the tabyias (My own guess!)