Do you struggle to score against the Hedgehog and find it difficult to break the Black fortress? This opening manual, which could double as a positional middlegame manual, will show you how White can use a space advantage in this chess opening with maximum results.
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|Author / Authors||Karsten Müller, Jonathan Schaeffer|
|Publisher||New In Chess|
|Year of Publication||1st edition 2023|
|Width||17 cm / 6.69 inch|
|Height||23.5 cm / 9.25 inch|
The Hedgehog System, a personal favourite of many club players, is important to understand for all White players as the positions are near-universal. They can arise from the English Opening, the Nimzo-Indian and Queen’s Indian Defences and the Sicilian Opening. The Hedgehog is a flexible defence as Black can undermine your centre with ... b6-b5 or ... d6-d5. Black can attack your kingside dark squares with a queen-and-bishop battery or go after your king by launching the g-pawn.
That’s why Beating The Hedgehog System focuses on the most airtight variations, taking the sting out of Black’s counterplay and making White’s space advantage count. You will learn the general strategies but also essential features such as:
- how to get the ideal queenside formation versus the Hedgehog
- how to use x-rays and little tactics to stop Black’s ... d6-d5 break
- how to provoke Black’s e-pawn to move to e5
- when to push your a-pawn to the fourth rank ... and when to hold it back
Included are fifteen model games and thirty strategy and tactics exercises to fine-tune your feel for this Opening. This book has been adapted from the MoveTrainer® and video Chessable course with the same name.
006 Explanation of symbols
012 Chapter 1) The early 10...Nbd7
024 Chapter 2) 12.a3 Black alternatives
035 Chapter 3) 12.a3 Nbd7 13.b4 Rac8
046 Chapter 4) 12.Rfd1 Black alternatives
064 Chapter 5) 12.Rfd1 Qc7 13.Rac1 Rac8 14.a3 Qb8 15.b4 Rfe8
075 Chapter 6) Model Games
129 Chapter 7) Exercises
134 Chapter 8) Solutions
156 Index of variations
159 Index of names