Bezgodov: The Liberated Bishops Defence (PB)
In many 1.d4 openings, Black has trouble getting his bishop on c8 into play. Former Russian Chess Champion Alexey Bezgodov presents a radical solution to this nagging problem: liberate your bishop right away and put it on f5 on the second move!
Playing 2 ... Bf5! against either 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 will surprise your opponent and is also a great way to support your development, because the bishop takes control of the important square e4. If White does not immediately take decisive action, then within a move or two he can relinquish any hopes on an opening advantage.
Alexey Bezgodov has studied and played this chess opening system for a long time. He has found some great antidotes to White’s most dangerous reactions in sharp and attractive lines. To test your understanding of his system he has included more than 100 exercises.
After studying the fresh ideas and the clear explanations presented in The Liberated Bishop Defence every chess player will enjoy the flexibility of a surprising, effective and universal weapon against 1.d4.
006 Explanation of Symbols
009 Chapter 1: The Bishop on c1 is Shut in
031 Chapter 2: The Bishop on c1 Seeks Exchanges
050 Chapter 3: Copying the Catalan
069 Chapter 4: The Fight for b7: 4.Qb3 Nc6
108 Chapter 5: The Undeservedly Popular 4...c6
124 Chapter 6: A Rare Guest: 4...Bb4
152 Chapter 7: The Solid 4...Nc6
170 Chapter 8: The Modern Main Line: 4...Nf6
195 Chapter 9: White Plays without 4.Nf3
210 Chapter 10: Conflagration in the Centre
233 Chapter 11: The Vanishing Bishop Opening
307 A Word about 7...Be7
315 In Fond Memory of David Bronstein
321 Index of Variations
326 Index of Players