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The Stonewall Attack [Andrew Soltis].pdf

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Review: The Stonewall Attack by Andrew Soltis

The Stonewall Attack is a chess opening that involves placing pawns on e3, d4, c3 and f4, creating a solid structure that can support an attack on the enemy king. It was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but has fallen out of favor in modern chess due to its lack of flexibility and dynamism. However, it can still be a useful weapon for White players who want to surprise their opponents and play for a win.

One of the few books dedicated to this opening is The Stonewall Attack by Andrew Soltis, a grandmaster and prolific chess writer. The book was first published in 1993 and is available as a PDF file on It is a revised and updated edition of an earlier work by Soltis from 1976.

The book consists of 10 chapters, each covering a different aspect of the Stonewall Attack. The first chapter introduces the basic ideas and themes of the opening, such as the typical pawn breaks, piece placements and attacking plans. The next four chapters deal with Black's main responses: 1...d5, 1...f5 (the Dutch Defense), 1...e6 (the French Defense) and 1...c5 (the Sicilian Defense). The sixth chapter covers some rare and unusual defenses by Black, such as 1...b6 (the Owen's Defense) and 1...g6 (the Modern Defense). The seventh chapter discusses some transpositions and move-order issues that can arise in the Stonewall Attack. The eighth chapter presents some historical games by famous players who used the Stonewall Attack, such as Capablanca, Marshall and Pillsbury. The ninth chapter analyzes some modern games by strong players who employed the Stonewall Attack, such as Larsen, Timman and Short. The tenth and final chapter offers some practical advice on how to play the Stonewall Attack in different situations, such as in blitz games, against computers and against stronger opponents.

The book is written in a clear and engaging style, with pl