White's right to move first in a game of chess appears to be a clear-cut advantage. However, most experts believe that this advantage isn't enough to win. So perhaps this advantage is not so real at all, and maybe Black has compensating advantages? The author of The Seven Deadly Chess Sins investigates these issues in a wide-ranging and entertaining discussion that will be of practical use to all chess-players. How have the all-time greats generated winning chances as Black? Does a theoretical advantage proved for White at top-class grandmaster level have much relevance to chess as played by ordinary mortals? Rowson explains the subtle advantages Black enjoys: he can react flexibly to White's plans; if he can parry White's early initiative, then he often enjoys excellent long-term chances, and often enjoys a psychological advantage too. Rowson takes a close look at two players who have specialized in championing Black's cause: Suba and Adorjan. He also provides valuable tips on building a black opening repertoire that will challenge White to the full.