Grandmaster Alexey Bezgodov (1969) was Russian Champion in 1993 and came shared first in the 1999 Ukrainian Championship. He is the author of 'The Extreme Caro-Kann' and The Liberated Bishop's Defence', two highly original chess opening books.
"Very useful for chess friends whose repertoire is not yet fully fixed, because they can save a lot of time by skipping big systems such as the Queen's Gambit, the Slav and the Catalan." -- Heinz Daubler Neuer Tag Weiden Newspaper "Maybe it isn't so easy for White to prove a large advantage here and the line will almost certainly surprise your opponent." CHESS Magazine "Bezgodov has convinced me that 2...c7-c5 is a perfect way to get at least equality when White does not play the mainline. It may also be playable in the main variation, but here Black has to be quite cautious. The results in my database are encouraging for Black!" -- FIDE Master Richard Vedder Schakers.info "There is probably a lot to be discovered here and, being as unfashionable as it is, it could well make a wonderful surprise weapon for those who are prepared to put some work into it." -- Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren in Fundamental Chess Openings, on this opening variation