BASHING THE SICILIAN WITH Bb5 (Murray Chandler)
1: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5
90 minutes. ISBN
The move 3 Bb5 against the Sicilian is enjoying a
renaissance as a sound and forceful attacking system for White, as well as one
which sidesteps the huge mass of normal Sicilian theory. Converts include Gary
Kasparov, Vishy Anand, and Ruslan Ponomariov. In this video, Grandmaster Murray
Chandler presents a cunningly selected and superbly consistent repertoire to
counter every important Black response. Using 16 outstanding illustrative
games, White's optimum strategies are clearly explained, and the lessons are
reinforced by easy-to-understand summaries.
This video, volume 1, deals with lines after 2...Nc6.
Volume 2 of Bashing the Sicilian with Bb5
covers the variation 2...d6 3 Bb5+.
Running time: 90 minutes. VHS video, available in PAL or
NTSC (details of which format is generally used in which
country are available).
Quotes from Reviews
"...Though I certainly enjoyed these tapes, I wondered how a
player in the 1500 range would react. To find out, I loaned them to a friend (a
schoolteacher) who had recently taken up the Rossolimo on my recommendation.
His comments: "I've never been very successful memorizing lines from a book.
Endless streams of moves on a printed page are both confusing and boring. These
tapes, though, were both entertaining and instructive. Listening to Mr.
Chandler's voice made the process of studying more personal, and the
supplemental sheets of games that came with the videos were a useful added
touch. I wish I could learn all my openings in this way!"
It's clear that
my friend really loved these videos, and he swore that he would buy them for
himself so he could enjoy them at his leisure. A great recommendation!
These tapes are perfect for players in the 1100 to 2200 range. And,
evidently, even an old dog like myself can pick up a new trick or two from
them. Don't expect anything flashy. Instead, you'll get clear dialogue, easy to
follow moves on a crystal clear board, and Chandler's well thought out
repertoire and presentation."
"...Accuracy: Murray's analysis and appraisals are of high
quality. With the rather bold titles of "Bashing the Sicilian with Bb5" one
might fear biased appraisals, so it was nice to see some opening lines
appraised with comments like both sides have their chances.
Appraisal: I have a new appreciation of the Bb5 Sicilian as an attacking line
for White. And that might be the highest compliment one can pay any author
presenting an audience with a new idea! Murray has impacted my thinking and
improved my knowledge of this opening line..."
"The new series of instructional videos from Bad Bishop goes
from strength to strength. Chandler presents here a complete repertoire against
two of the three main 2nd-move branches of the Sicilian (2...Nc6 and 2...d6),
based on the sound Bb5(+). By talking us through some carefully-selected
illustrative games (mostly by very strong players who specialise in these
lines), Chandler equips us with a sound and coherent repertoire that, he
assures us, he himself would be happy to play at any level of chess.
repertoire generally features rapid development, a safe king and sound pawn
structures for White. This is certainly no collection of old traps and flashy
finishes, although some of the games do feature some nice tactics....
Throughout, the basic features of each line are explained clearly, and tricky
move-order issues are dealt with. Chandler's presentation is very clear and
instructive, with no 'hype' and no irritating tics. All in all, an excellent
use of the medium....
Highly recommended." Phil Adams
"...it is clear that Grandmaster Chandler has researched his
material very thoroughly. As to content, this is not just 'club-player' fare:
Chandler's original suggestions and contradictions of published theory carry
weight and will be of value to players of all levels..." John Saunders,
"...GM Murray Chandler narrates the tapes, and as usual he
focuses a lot on strategy, which I find very helpful, as opposed to tactical
tricks that you will probably forget soon thereafter. In general, he analyzes
the major defenses through grandmaster games, and has discovered a number of
rapid victories for White in these lines when Black played cavalierly. But
Chandler doesn't make any absurd claims of the "White to play and Win" variety
so common to chess books. He merely provides lines that give White an
interesting and playable position, which, incidentally, your opponent may not
be as familiar with as the main line. These lines are not easy to combat with
Black, as even Kasparov has learned the hard way..." Bill Whited,
"...Those of you who read my reviews regularly will know my
feelings about White players who refuse to allow me to play the Sveshnikov, and
I have a nasty feeling that videos such as this are going to increase their
numbers. For Chandler puts the case for 3 Bb5 very forcibly. In particular he
emphasises over and over again the strategic aims of White through a selection
of well chosen games, several of which lead to rapid White victories. Black has
to play very accurately, otherwise White will quickly obtain an overwhelming