The Rossolimo is the Anti-Sicilian that is by far the most popular with club players – and with elite grandmasters such as Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, and Alireza Firouzja.
If you play 3. Bb5 in the Sicilian, you do not need to keep up- to- date with the dazzling theoretical developments in all kinds of Open Sicilians. You can sidestep theory, play your own creative game – and put your opponent in trouble! You will love the harmonious, easy development and reach unbalanced positions with winning opportunities and surprisingly dynamic play.
Victor Bologan has played the Rossolimo ever since his youth – in practical play, but also in training sessions with Garry Kasparov. Bologan has now updated and expanded his authoritative 2011 repertoire book. As a former top- 20 player, Bologan is one of the few Grandmasters whose opening books are read by both his peers and club players. His ideas are always thoroughly analyzed and checked by the strongest engines but are still very accessible to amateurs. He does not tire the reader with dry variations.
Victor Bologan is the author of half a dozen best- selling opening manuals, most recently on the Open Games and the Ruy Lopez for Black, the King' s Indian, and the Caro- Kann. He is an elite Grandmaster who has won many tournaments, including the Aeroflot Open and Dortmund.