Look at your opponent sitting there in blissful ignorance. Fully at ease, everything under control, not a worry in the world. Or so he thinks. He's checked his repertoire, double-checked his main lines. He wanted to come well-prepared and he did. Or did he? Because what he doesn't know is that today is not his day. For the simple reason that he's playing you. And you are going to spring a surprise on him. No main variations today, nothing mainstream, he's going to be initiated into a world of secrets: Secrets of Opening Surprises! The highly acclaimed Secrets of Opening Surprises series provides intermediate chess players with perfectly playable, easily digestible opening ideas: deviations from main line opening theory in a very early stage of the game (usually before move six). Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the chess opening will be able to apply these SOS-ideas in an actual game. There is no need to study large quantities of stuffy theory and there is an almost immediate return on the investment of a limited amount of time! Readers of SOS will baffle their opponents, gain crucial time, and stand a good chance to get an advantage in the game.
Author Jeroen Bosch is an International Master and a prolific chess writer for various chess publications. His thoroughly researched contributions to the New In Chess Yearbooks are highly valued, but he also continues to perplex (and pleasantly surprise) us with the seemingly endless stream of unorthodox opening ideas that he manages to unearth for his SOS column in New In Chess Magazine.
- Jeroen Bosch - The SOS Files
- Lubos Kavalek - Closed Sicilian: Vinohrady Variation
- Nigel Povah - The Deferred Staunton Gambit
- Jeroen Bosch - Zviagintsev's Sicilian Surprise
- Igor Glek - English Opening: Chebanenko's 3...h6
- Adrian Mikhalchishin - The Romanishin Gambit
- Dorian Rogozenko - A Spanish Surprise from Romanishin
- Tibor Karolyi - The Nadanian Attack
- Stefan L'ffler - Sacrificing a Tempo in the Slav
- Jeroen Bosch - SOS in the Ruy Lopez Exchange
- Adrian Mikhalchishin - Nimzo-Indian Vitolinsh Gambit
- Mark van der Werf - Bishop First: 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4
- Jeroen Bosch - Surprise in the Najdorf
- Ian Rogers - Thinking Sideways: 1.d4 c6 2.c4 b5
- Jeroen Bosch - Rubinstein's Anti-Meran Variation
- Sergey Tiviakov - English Four Knights - 4.d4 e4!?
- Hikaru Nakamura - Attacking the Sicilian Center
- 144 Pages
- Publisher: New In Chess
- Published: 2006
- "An excellent series worth purchasing for most players wishing to play the opening well without a huge investment in theoretical research." Randy Bauer - US National Master
- "Unusual and almost supernatural opening ideas. - Lubosh Kavalek - Washington Post
- "Tricky opening ideas, not much to learn, surprise value and lots of fun. - Grandmaster Glenn Flear
- "Most players, from intermediate level and up, should be able to find at least a couple of fun ideas in SOS to incorporate in their armory. - Jens Madsen - Chessville
- "Is a refreshing change from the usual dreary technical works and is definitely not for the bovine. His recommendations are a mixed bag: some are good, some are pretty awful. All are original or, at the very least unusual. Nevertheless, Bosch is someone who clearly thinks about his chess, a quality that distinguishes him from 99 per cent of authors." Nigel Short - Daily Telegraph
- "I recommend this book for all those chess players who don't have time to keep up with main variations, but who do want to pose their opponents problems from early on." Lex Jongsma - De Telegraaf
- "A very readable and well produced book about some lesser-known opening variations that deserve a better reputation."
- British Chess Magazine
- "SOS is a sparkling star in the grey sky of theory." Heinz Brunthaler - Rochade Europa
- "We are all trying to outsmart our opponents in the opening, and this can be achieved with very little effort using the numerous curve balls that are included. The variations can be exceedingly difficult if you are not prepared." Carsten Hansen - ChessCafe
- "No matter what opening you play, you will find something exciting here." Chess Today