The Grünfeld is an exciting and dynamic answer to 1 d4, and has become very popular at all levels of chess. A major reason for this is that it has been a long-time favourite of the World's strongest-ever chess player, Garry Kasparov, who used it many times in his numerous World Championship battles.
The Grünfeld very much relies on the principles of the hypermodern school of chess: Black allows White to erect an impressive-looking centre on the assumption that in the long run it could prove to be more of a liability than an asset.
Play often becomes very complex and tactical, one of the reasons the Grünfeld appeals to ambitious players.
Despite its attractions, some prospective Grünfeld players are discouraged by the necessity of needing to learn numerous different variations in such a complex opening.
In Play the Grünfeld, however, opening expert Yelena Dembo circumvents this problem by producing a comprehensive and yet workable repertoire for Black, offering a solution against each of White's tries, whether it's a critical main line or a tricky sideline.
After reading this book, you will have the required knowledge and confidence to begin playing the Grünfeld in your own games.
• Written by a renowned Grünfeld expert • Covers all of White's main tries • Reveals the tactical and positional ideas for both sides
Part One - The Exchange Variation (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 N c3 d5 4 cxd5 N xd5 5 e4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Bg7) 1 Introducing 7 Nf3 c5 3 Be3 Systems 4 The Fashionable 7 Bc4 5 White's 7th Move Alternatives 6 4 cxd5 Nxd5 without 5 e4
Part Two - 3 Nc3 Without The Exchange 7 The Russian Syste 8 Qa4+ Systems 9 Bf4 Systems 10 Bg5 Systems 11 The Solid 4 e3 12 Offbeat 4th Move Alternatives
Part Three - White Postpones Nc3 13 The Fianchetto System 14 Angling for a Sämisch: 3 f3 Index of variations
Yelena Dembo is a young International Master from Greece with numerous tournament successes to her name, including the bronze medal at the 2005 European Women's Championship and one Grandmaster norm.
She's a renowned chess coach, who has taught students from over 30 countries. She's also an experienced chess writer and a regular contributor to the quality publication Chess Informant. This is her first book for Everyman Chess.
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