Friday, November 26, 2010

Where are the new opening books about the Breyer Variation?

The Breyer Variation in the opening Ruy Lopez (Spanish) is very popular again in tournament chess. I'm therefore very surprised to not see new opening books about the Breyer Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Nb8.
What Wikipedia writes about the Breyer Variation:                    
The Breyer Variation was supposedly suggested by Gyula Breyer in an unpublished manuscript in the 1920s, but no such document has been discovered and there are no known game scores in which Breyer employed this line. It is unclear how Breyer's name came to be associated with this variation, but the terminology is well established. The Breyer Variation did not become popular until the 1960s when it was adopted by Spassky and others. In particular, Spassky's back to back wins over Tal at Tbilisi in 1965 did much to enhance its reputation, and Spassky has a career plus score with the Breyer. With 9...Nb8 Black frees the c-pawn and intends to route the knight to d7 where it supports e5. Black can follow up with ...Bb7 and ...c7-c5. White can attack either the kingside or the queenside. If White fortifies the center with 10.d3 the opening is given ECO code C94. The more common continuation, 10.d4, is ECO C95.
Games at with the Breyer Variation:

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