the new Old Indian

by grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev and FIDE master Eduard Prokuronov

Everyman Chess, 2011

The authors have managed to create a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4 in a small book. Their main suggestion is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 followed by ...Nbd7 and ...d5. There is not much theory on these lines so little to learn. They also offer alternatives on many lines.

Alexander Cherniaev has played many of these systems himself, and three of his complete games are included. His best win was against Korchnoi in 2009.

Each chapter starts with a short introduction, giving the main ideas of the line. This is followed by a series of complete annotated games. At the end is a chapter summary.

The material is right up-to-date, with many improvements and suggestions. In particular, they show what Boris Avrukh has missed in his book Grandmaster Repertoire, 1.d4.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is short of time, and needs a defence against 1.d4. King's Indian players can also use the book to avoid some systems they dislike. As with all opening books, there is a risk an improvement could render it, to some extent, obsolete. These are variations that are rarely played in club chess at the moment, so it is unlikely your opponent would know them, let alone any suggested bust.

Vic Rumsey