paperback, 232 pages, Thinkers Publishing 2020This book is about the Marshall Attack and the lines which can be grouped together under thebanner of the so-called Anti-Marshall. The theory has developed so much in the last decade thatthere is more than enough material to be going on with just in those areas, but I also decided toinclude a detailed look at an important line in the Exchange Variation. Black’s key concept in theMarshall is giving up a central pawn in return for activity, and I have tried to give as many lines aspossible which adhere closely to this principle. Why is this so significant? Well, for starters, usually inthe Ruy Lopez Black is looking for long, slow games in solid, closed positions. The Marshall flips thison its head and Black tries to accelerate the play and radically change the character of the game at anearly stage. Let’s briefly discuss the material of the book itself and the lines that I have decided togive. First of all, I started off with the standard Marshall Attack, after the initial moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5. I have given direct analysis whereverpossible and I have tried to cover all the essential lines. Of course, with the passing of the years andthe continual development of theory we can see how the popularity of some positions has shiftedand, in some cases, how certain lines have simply been rendered obsolete. I also discovered, to mysurprise, that there are still new, unexplored, and interesting paths for further analysis.
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