The Cambridge Springs

The Cambridge Springs

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Krzysztof Panczyk; Jacek Ilczuk
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The Cambridge Springs is a popular defense to the Queens Gambit that takes its name from the famous tournament in 1904 during which it was tested in a number of games. Since then, it has become firmly established as a club-player's favorite, since Black sets an number of traps and can generate a very quick initiative if White fails to respond precisely. Several world champions have used the Cambridge Springs, most notably Alekhine and Smyslov, while Kasparov has played it on occasion, including a sensationally quick victory over Karpov in 1985. It currently has a good theoretical reputation and is frequently played at grandmaster level. This title is the first major work on the Cambridge Springs, and the authors have combined thorough research with a wealth of original material to offer comprehensive coverage of this combative system. While the main body of the book covers both sides of the Cambridge Springs, it also offers Black a repertoire against White's alternative options in the Queens Gambit, the most important of which is the Exchange Variation.