Chess Explained: the Grunfeld by Valentin Bogdanov

By Valentin Bogdanov

Chess defined books supply an realizing of a gap and the middlegames to which it leads, permitting you in finding the perfect strikes and plans on your personal video games. it really is as though you have been sitting on the board with a chess trainer answering your questions on the plans for each side, the guidelines at the back of specific strikes, and what particular wisdom you want to have.The Gr?nfeld Defence is among the such a lot competitive openings at Black's disposal. He creates speedy imbalance and plans to strike at White's centre with all to be had assets. An insipid reaction from White would possibly not even hold equality, so in most cases strains he's taking up the gauntlet: he creates a wide pawn-centre and places this to exploit to release an assault. whereas the speculation of those traces has been commonly constructed, there's a coherent logical thread working via them: the Gr?nfeld is largely a gap of grand rules, which have to be understood good for you to become familiar with the speculation and deal with the ensuing positions. This ebook offers a dialogue of all significant strains, and a different contribution from Viacheslav Eingorn at the key principles of the Rb1 trade major line, which he was once instrumental in constructing within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties.

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Then White tries to make use of the weakening of the dark squares by means of 12 dxc5 with subsequent pressure on the b7-pawn, while Black hopes to take advantage of the shattered pawn-centre. Here is a characteristic example: 12 . . l:te8 and now the thrust 1 7 c6 gave White an advantage in Kaidanov-Nakamura, USA Ch, San Diego 2004. The text-move threat­ ens the bishop on c4. 12 �f4 If White withdraws the bishop at once with 12 �d3, to avoid being forced to advance in the CHESS EXPLAINED: THE GRONFELD 50 centre before his development is complete, then Black increases the pressure by placing one of the rooks on d8.

W Having spent the last few seconds before the time-control and found nothing decisive, Black forgets about the presence of the mighty bishop on the long diagonal and makes a horrible move. , hoping for 40 e6? c3, and if the queen goes to b2, it loses the chance to check along the third rank. f3 g5 was good, but Black failed to find this at the board and de­ cided to create a threat from another square, overlooking White's obvious reply. 40 'ii'a8 Black is back in the hole, except it is even deeper now.

B The pawns relocate to dark squares, to widen the bishop's scope of activity. This is a sensible decision with one drawback - the area around the king is weakened still more. ltJc6 32 e5 ttJe7 33 �h3? i'c6+ White's last few moves were not best (the bishop on h3 is more of a hindrance than a 36 CHESS EXPLAINED: THE GRONFELD workhorse, and it was not necessary to allow, even briefly, a pin on the rook), and Black has acquired a serious initiative. 36 'it>g3? c2+ 38 'it>gl looks dangerous. White should hold the game, as he will play for a perpetual check on the squares d8, f6 and h4, in case Black attempts to activate the knight.

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