I play online chess at a popular site and while playing from black, I win 58% of my games. I think I have a natural tendency to be a 'counterpuncher'. I seem to derive a perverse enjoyment in playing as the underdog and find it ammusing on some level to be able to survive my opponent's best attack. I'm a 1720 rated player in the 84th percentile of 30k players using E.L.O rating system. I'd like to advance my knowledge from black but can't find much devoted material. I'm guessing my otb play would be 1500-1600.
- Black is OK!
- Black is Still OK!
- Black is OK Forever!
All books are by András Adorján.
A sample, Black is OK, or the Presumption of Innocence in Chess:
In criminal law, the suspect is entitled to the presumption of innocence until it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is guilty. It might help me a lot if I was well-versed in law, but perhaps it would also make my argumentation bloody boring. So what am I getting at is that we should try to take an unbiased approach, and think of the starting position of the chess game. BLACK does NOT have to equalise, as it is not BLACK who has to prove anything in the first place! I presume - in the spirit of the presumption of innocence - that the position is equal. It is White who has to prove that he can get an advantage. And, as he has the right to move first, he sees to it immediately. Naturally, starting the game should not be mistaken for taking the initiative!
It was my pleasure and recognition to see somebody asking to recommend some books how to play with BLACK. They were suggesting 3 books. All of them happened to be mine:
Black is OK! (1988),
Black is still OK!
Black is OK forever!
It shows the good taste of the members... Gratefully I draw your attention to some more. Winning with the Gruenfeld (Batsford, 1986) which could not be a BLACK is OK! book by name, for this "Winning with ..." was a Batsford series. But I assure it qualifies by the content. Finally there is a Sicilian subvariations (1994) which appeared in 5 languages simultaneously. And last there is a 'Rare Openings' book (English, Deutsch, French) which deals with everything but 1.d4, 1.e4, 1.c4 and 1.Nf3. I'm glad to join you and look forward to receive your comments, thoughts, etc.
I'm waiting for your messages too in: firstname.lastname@example.org ADORJÁN András
i have a book called winning with the najdorf, it's pretty good, for white and black.
I highly recommend The Sniper by Charlie Storey.
The publisher's blurb says:
The Sniper is a dynamic and universal opening weapon for Black which can be used against all mainline openings. Black's system of development with ...g6 and ...Bg7 initially allows White to occupy the centre but, in true hypermodern style, Black strikes back immediately with ...c5. The Sniper can lead to original or barely-known positions in which Black can strive for the initiative. It's also rich in move-order possibilities, with potential transpositions into Sicilian, King's Indian or Benko-type positions.
In my opinion the book delivers what it claims.