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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #77 - 07/19/11 at 01:17:41
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Semkov, I agree with you that it was a strange review. This was in large measure because the reviewer was not fluent in English. His meaning was often obscured by his choice of words.

He seemed to believe that The Safest Grunfeld is a good book except it wasn't the book that he would have written. He gave back-handed reviews of Avrukh's Grandmaster Repertoire 1.d4 vols 1 and 2, and by proxy Avrukh's books on the Grunfeld, without having even read the latter series!

I agree. He clearly would have been more pleasantly disposed to The Safest Grunfeld if you had included him in the list of authors. Such a careless oversight on your part!
  
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Reply #76 - 07/18/11 at 18:30:23
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Paddy wrote on 07/14/11 at 11:50:03:
There is a very interesting review of this book by a Gruenfeld player at

http://www.chessvibes.com/reviews/review-the-safest-grunfeld

Although the review is quite positive, some problematic areas are identified that we might want to discuss here, especially the lines given against

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Rb1

and the controversial choice of the old line

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 0–0 9.Be3 Nc6 10.0–0 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8.


The above-mentioned review is very strange. I remained with the impression that the author Robert Kikkert (2285) was not actually reviewing the book, but instead used the chance to present at length his own tastes and understanding of the Grünfeld. He has not shown a single mistake in the 350 pages-book, but still he did not like the choice of two 2600+ grandmasters. As an editor, I also had some doubts, for example, about the position from Delchev-Rook. I was extremely insistent that Delchev rechecked his evaluations because another respectful Chess Stars author, Sakaev, claimed the opposite. However, Delchev was definitely sure that White had nothing in this line even though before the game he believed Sakaev. 
Naturally, when writing a repertoire book, there is no way to please everybody. Still, I'm a bit disappointed as a publisher that I missed to include Kikkert in the team of authors. He seems so confident in his Grünfeld expertise. So he might have contributed considerably to the book. In that case the authors' abbreviation would have looked even more impressive: D&A&K.
  
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Reply #75 - 07/18/11 at 17:33:10
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I must say, that after some recent disapointing books from Chess-Stars i was quite pesimistic about Grunfled but this is one of the best opening book by Chess-stars [and about Grunfeld at all which I ever read]. I think that is even better than Avrukh GM repertoire (because Avrukh is very often happy with long forced draw lines and i dont like these solutions).
Weaker chapters are about Anti-Grunfeld lines IMHO.
I can only recommend this book.

  
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Reply #74 - 07/14/11 at 11:50:03
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There is a very interesting review of this book by a Gruenfeld player at

http://www.chessvibes.com/reviews/review-the-safest-grunfeld

Although the review is quite positive, some problematic areas are identified that we might want to discuss here, especially the lines given against

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Rb1

and the controversial choice of the old line

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 0–0 9.Be3 Nc6 10.0–0 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #73 - 06/04/11 at 03:55:44
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Arcticmonkey wrote on 06/03/11 at 09:56:35:
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1) Why hasn't book depository got this book? I've been waiting for two weeks! Are there any other major book retailers that have free postage!?!?!


According to Booko (http://booko.com.au/books/isbn/9789548782814) only Amazon UK currently has it. However, Book Depository knows about it, and will send you an e-mail when they have it, if you ask them to. Booko tells you which sellers have free delivery (e.g. Fishpond, The Nile, AbeBooks, Better World Books), but some sellers are cheaper even after taking postage into account.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #72 - 06/03/11 at 10:13:54
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Arcticmonkey wrote on 06/03/11 at 09:56:35:
Just two random questions about this book.

1) Why hasn't book depository got this book? I've been waiting for two weeks! Are there any other major book retailers that have free postage!?!?!
2) What does Delchev think of the Grunfeld English? - I posted a similar question before btw but i thought more ppl would read it here.

For example; 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 d5 and etc..!?
Thanks!


I've just given it a quick look, haven't arrived there yet. What I can say is that the last chapter covers 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4 and 4.cxd5; and 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 (and the Barry attack). This chapter contains only the Step By step part, no "main ideas" (probably because many totally different lines are covered) and no "Complete Games". However I have the impression there may be slightly more prose than in the average step by step chapters. As Delchev himself points out in the chapter intro it's just a guide on what to do as covering in depth all these lines would mean writing a few more books but I must say that it looks quite detailed. Hope I helped.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #71 - 06/03/11 at 09:56:35
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Just two random questions about this book.

1) Why hasn't book depository got this book? I've been waiting for two weeks! Are there any other major book retailers that have free postage!?!?!
2) What does Delchev think of the Grunfeld English? - I posted a similar question before btw but i thought more ppl would read it here.

For example; 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 d5 and etc..!?
Thanks!
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #70 - 05/31/11 at 10:44:37
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@ ChevyBanginStyle

This is no surprise, I'm afraid -- the online sample contains a disturbing number of errors and imprecisions. The problems here are generally twofold: chess book publishers rarely understand what professional copy editing involves, and even if they do the economics rarely permit them to employ a professional editor with a specialism in chess. In over 25 years as one of those, I've worked on no more than a very small handful of chess titles.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #69 - 05/31/11 at 10:40:51
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Semkov wrote on 05/19/11 at 19:00:16:
I was really scared that the original title "The Grünfeld for Black" would cause confusion with Avrukh's title. Delchev's book is (supposedly) quite different from Avrukh's work and I wanted to distinguish it.  I'd like to hear more opnions on the structure in comparison to Quality's layout of the material. My own opinion is that most of the detailed analyses are either superflous /or irrelevant/ or wrong/ or anybody could switch on the engine for them. So it is much more important to focus on ideas and move orders. But I might be wrong. We actually produce both type of books.


I'll try to post my thoughts on this (preview, I am around 2200 fide, most friends say I'm stronger with the little flaw I basically have no black repertoire which slows me down: this book was exactly what I needed Smiley ). In my view today, when we all have databases and strong engines, good opening books can be divided in: 1) lots of new original analisis: stuff which would be difficult to discover/evaluate even with the engine (Avrukh?!); 2) lots of "words" with plans and typical stuff well explained followed by a theory section which must, for space reasons, be less detailed than in the first category, but the reader should get enough understanding by the first section to solve most problems (maybe in post mortem) (Delchev!). Personally I think that strong players (i.e. over 2350-2400) would benefit mostly from Avrukh-style books whereas lesser mortals would profit more from a Delchev-style book as it requires less memorization (and time) to be studied. I remember going through a Catalan line from GM1 and reading a comment like "and white has a dream position" and having no clue on why I had to party in that position!
I prefer the Delchev style format, and I actually confess that for some lines I have studied only the Main Ideas and some of the Complete Games and had good results nonetheless (e.g. 2,5/3 against the Benko or 3,5/5 with black against 6.f4 in the Najdorf)! The "evolution" of the first chapter from "Quick repertoire" to "main ideas" doesn't chop much theory while there are more typical ideas (although Kolev in the sharpest sicilian did a magnificent work in mixing theory and main ideas toghether!).
Of course this depends a lot on the author: Marin and Avrukh did totally different books in the same series, but I still find the Chess Stars approach at least more practical.
Even the choiche of the variations may be wiser: Avrukh (but also Marin at times) suggests getting into main lines, sharp lines!, against openings which as white a non professional may meet 1-2 times a year (the Leningrad Dutch for example) with the result that the suggested line leads you to a position where the overwhelming difference in experience with the black player who plays the opening all the time more than compensates the advantage you (should) have as white. I prefer to get an equal position where I know what to do rather than getting an advantage I have no idea on how to exploit.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #68 - 05/31/11 at 09:20:30
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Can anyone make out the note to 23.Qa5 on page 98? Kosyrev-Sakaev, Internet 5' 2004 is the game cited. A couple of ply seem to be missing, and I don't quite understand the combination at the end. There appears to be a typo or omission. Any help would be appreciated!

I like the book so far, but this note confused me when I was referencing the line.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #67 - 05/29/11 at 09:58:47
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MarinFan wrote on 05/28/11 at 10:10:47:
After 11...Be6, instead of 11...Bg4 12h3 Be6 of Gelfand v Grischuck game Gelfand's Rb1 idea doesn't look so effective because if 12b3 a4 13Rb1 pxp 14pxp then 14...Bf5 and if 15e4 Bg4


good point. the subtlety of provoking h3 was lost on me but no doubt it matters in some other variation 20 moves deep
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #66 - 05/28/11 at 10:10:47
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After 11...Be6, instead of 11...Bg4 12h3 Be6 of Gelfand v Grischuck game Gelfand's Rb1 idea doesn't look so effective because if 12b3 a4 13Rb1 pxp 14pxp then 14...Bf5 and if 15e4 Bg4
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #65 - 05/25/11 at 15:49:13
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I'm more accustomed to seeing that pawn grab with e3 in instead of Nf3.  I see that ECO has Black getting a clear advantage in the Nf3 version.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #64 - 05/25/11 at 14:56:56
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I played my first Grunfeld in a rated game last night and won a pretty miniature!  I won't post the game as it's not theoretically relevant at all, and I outrated my opponent by nearly 400 points, but it's still a good start.  At the very least I'll use the Grunfeld as a backup, maybe eventually as my main defense.  And so the honeymoon period begins...

One thing I noticed after the game is that I don't think the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.cd (my opponent played 6.e3) Nxd5 7.Nxd5 Qxd5 8.Bxc7 is covered at all.  It's  probably just dubious and I was going to play 8...Nc6 9.e3 Bf5 with play along the c-file and against the c2-square.  One paragraph explaining how to get comp for the pawn would maybe have been nice, but honestly looking at it after the game I think Black gets good play with straightforward moves.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #63 - 05/24/11 at 21:43:21
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cunard64 wrote on 05/24/11 at 18:01:19:
I have just received a copy of 'The Safest Grunfeld' and am shocked to see that on page 4 'Bibliography' Jonathan Rowson's Understanding the Grunfeld' is NOT credited. 
If this means that the authors are unaware of Rowson's masterclass work then tred very carefully!
One example is on page 242 of TSG line E14 move 17.Bb5 is recomended.  Rowson shows an idea by GM Lalic 17.Rb5 with the idea of ...Ra5 and c4. This looks a very strong idea.

As I see from the same bibliography, the authors obviously learned to understand the Grünfeld from Botvinnik's book. That is not so shocking...
As to the "omission" on page 242, the idea of Rb5xa5 is analised in a separate line on page 241: 16.Rb5 b6. Here you (or Rowson?) suggest 17.Ba3?! while the authors mention the much more dangerous 17.Bb2. Anyway, in both positions Delchev's 17...Ba6 works pretty good. Can you supply more variations to your suggestion so we can understand your idea? Somehow the bishop does not look properly on a3...
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #62 - 05/24/11 at 18:01:19
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I have just received a copy of 'The Safest Grunfeld' and am shocked to see that on page 4 'Bibliography' Jonathan Rowson's Understanding the Grunfeld' is NOT credited. 
If this means that the authors are unaware of Rowson's masterclass work then tred very carefully!
One example is on page 242 of TSG line E14 move 17.Bb5 is recomended.  Rowson shows an idea by GM Lalic 17.Rb5 with the idea of ...Ra5 and c4. This looks a very strong idea.
  
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Reply #61 - 05/22/11 at 21:34:48
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I almost always play in Grünfeld style against closed games. But the most annoying move order for me is 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 where Black may have a playable game with 5..Nxc3 (but in practice it seems to be +/=), or 5..Nb6 6.d3 Bg7 7.Be3! where I never liked Black much here. It's with nice surprise I see the book advocating that line. I really wonder if this is really "the safest" for Black, Iam waiting to get my book to see that, because Black's score is not very good!
  
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Reply #60 - 05/19/11 at 19:03:50
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[quote
"The Grünfeld is basically simple strategically" - really? I thought due to its different centre formation, it´s one of the most complicated openings? Which opening is strategically more demanding? Can you give some openings, which need more strategic knowledge. It would be very interesting. [/quote]
The KI, the Nimzo, the Sicilian are much richer on strategic ideas.
  
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Reply #59 - 05/19/11 at 19:00:16
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I was really scared that the original title "The Grünfeld for Black" would cause confusion with Avrukh's title. Delchev's book is (supposedly) quite different from Avrukh's work and I wanted to distinguish it.  I'd like to hear more opnions on the structure in comparison to Quality's layout of the material. My own opinion is that most of the detailed analyses are either superflous /or irrelevant/ or wrong/ or anybody could switch on the engine for them. So it is much more important to focus on ideas and move orders. But I might be wrong. We actually produce both type of books.
  
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Reply #58 - 05/17/11 at 02:50:11
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Slightly off topic:

I actually enjoy the layout of

1 - main ideas (including high level main lines, objectives, common pawn strucutres and typical tactical motives)

2 - step by step (which is a more detailed tree structure)

3 - complete games (in my opiniong, way to many opening books end thier analysis too early and also without outlining any plans for the middle game)

The main ideas section has just enough to let you know what is going on and let's you get going with the opening, with the other sections providing additional and more detailed information.

I hope this is becoming a trade mark approach for chess stars and  will be used for future books.

I appreciate the quality-chess grandmaster series, but I sometimes feel overwhelmed by all that detail without being eased in. It certainly took me much longer to pick up an opening according to Marin or Avrukh compared to Delchev, etc.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #57 - 05/16/11 at 15:40:01
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I don't see how we can quibble with Semko about the title; he's the one whose money is on the line, and the title mostly is an attempt to get people interested in the content.  I. will certainly buy this book, since I have the a strong interest in the subject and regard highly Chess Stars and its products.  They could call it "Ugliest Gruenfeld" and I would still buy it.
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #56 - 05/16/11 at 10:56:43
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Semkov wrote on 05/13/11 at 19:34:58:
On the contrary, TSG does cover 10...Na5 on 8 pages (in the "Complete Games" chapter) as well as another alternative to 10...Qc7 which is chosen as main line since theory is more stable and proven with the years.
The title was my "insight" - I aimed for an association with The Safest Sicilian to orient readers what to expect - same author, same structure.


Good to hear 10...Na5 is also covered - this is the main reason I am interested in the Gruenfeld again personally.

On the title, not a big deal, the main thing is the content obviously, but something like "The Dynamic Gruenfeld" would be most appropriate? Probably somebody else has already used this title I suppose...
  
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Reply #55 - 05/15/11 at 21:42:45
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The King's Indian Defence is extremely complicated to me, regardless of the line. The Semi-Slav is just too complicated at times, especially the Botvinnik variation.
  

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Reply #54 - 05/15/11 at 15:10:11
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Semkov wrote on 05/14/11 at 19:16:53:
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... and it leaves room for a sequel - "The Sharpest Gruenfeld"... - may the "Gruenfeld-Force" be with us Wink

Oh, no way! The Grünfeld is basically simple strategically. There is no room for multiple volumes on it. [/quote]

"The Grünfeld is basically simple strategically" - really? I thought due to its different centre formation, it´s one of the most complicated openings? Which opening is strategically more demanding? Can you give some openings, which need more strategic knowledge. It would be very interesting.
  

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[quote author=406C7968606C750D0 link=1301864852/51#51 date=1305317517
... and it leaves room for a sequel - "The Sharpest Gruenfeld"... - may the "Gruenfeld-Force" be with us Wink [/quote]
Oh, no way! The Grünfeld is basically simple strategically. There is no room for multiple volumes on it.
  
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Reply #52 - 05/14/11 at 18:26:34
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just got the book-- first impression -- excellent !!
  
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Reply #51 - 05/13/11 at 20:11:57
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Semkov wrote on 05/13/11 at 19:34:58:
The title was my "insight" - I aimed for an association with The Safest Sicilian to orient readers what to expect - same author, same structure.

... and it leaves room for a sequel - "The Sharpest Gruenfeld"... - may the "Gruenfeld-Force" be with us Wink
  
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Reply #50 - 05/13/11 at 19:34:58
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Keano wrote on 05/07/11 at 23:43:56:
Lots of stuff here - on the "Safest" Gruenfeld - ridiculous title and very dissappointed they choose the old-fashioned ...Qc7 lines instead of 10...Na5 which is the main revolution in the Gruenfeld at the minute.

On the contrary, TSG does cover 10...Na5 on 8 pages (in the "Complete Games" chapter) as well as another alternative to 10...Qc7 which is chosen as main line since theory is more stable and proven with the years.
The title was my "insight" - I aimed for an association with The Safest Sicilian to orient readers what to expect - same author, same structure.
  
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Reply #49 - 05/12/11 at 00:55:06
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I dabbled with the Grunfeld way back. But I have been put off my its highly theoretical and concrete nature. This book does tempt me somewhat though...
  

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Reply #48 - 05/11/11 at 22:34:49
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So far I really like the clear explanation of plans at the beginning of each chapter.  They aren't nearly as lengthy as a Starting Out book or Rowson's book, but they're to the point and help orient me with the theory.  For instance, after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cd Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bc Bg7 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Ba4 0-0 9.Ne2 b5 10.Bb3 a5 they write:

"Our plan is to gain total control over the light squares by ...a4, ...Nd7-b6, ...Be6, while restricting the mobility of the enemy's central pawns with ...Qe8 and ...e5, or first ...f6, ...Be6, and push ...e5 later."

It's not exactly rocket science and is a fairly obvious plan (especially after having it spelled out to you), but for Grunfeld first-timers like myself this book is filled with tons of these concise pointers that greatly help me to digest the theory.  I highly recommend this book so far.
  
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I just ordered it from Chesscafe since they have Media Mail shipping now.  I normally would never consider paying this much for a chess book but this one appears to be worth it.
  
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I just got my copy today and it looks great!  I guess I'm ready to start learning to play the Grunfeld; it's time I switched from the Dutch and Slav.
  
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Lots of stuff here - on the "Safest" Gruenfeld - ridiculous title and very dissappointed they choose the old-fashioned ...Qc7 lines instead of 10...Na5 which is the main revolution in the Gruenfeld at the minute. Having said that Delchev is bound to be interesting, even if he does analyse out rook and opposite coloured bishop endings to the point where kibitzers and audience will drop off.

On Avrukh - 2 volumes really? Not a big deal for me but strange.

Agree with others Gruenfeld is in good shape now, if I wasnt so lazy I'd learn it and play it.
  
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ANOTHER BOOK SPLIT? You've got to be kidding me!
  

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I read at Quality Chess' blog that Avrukh's Grunfeld book will be in fact a 2 volume work! The editors received 700 pages or more, so it would be logical to split it in two volumes.


Great news! I was expecting this with a big opening like the Grunfeld. Now I am happy, because I order it and will receive two volumes for the price of one.  Smiley
And with some sugestions of anti-indians maybe the books can grow even more!  Cheesy
  

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fling wrote on 05/03/11 at 20:25:48:
Paddy wrote on 05/03/11 at 19:00:39:
fling wrote on 05/03/11 at 14:41:59:
Laramonet wrote on 05/03/11 at 07:46:56:
Can anybody tell me if the Safest Grunfeld and / or the planned Quality Chess two volumes cover d4 without c4, as well as 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 ? That is, do they provide a complete black repertoire against 1.d4 / 1.c4 / 1.Nf3 ? Many thanks.


IIRC (don't have the book here right now), they don't present anything against 1.d4 without c4. It is not a complete repertoire in that sense. The book is pretty packed anyway!


In fact most reasonable Anti-Gruenfeld lines are covered briefly in TSG, including the annoying Barry Attack.

Since Chess Stars have been kind enough to provide a pdf of the contents, why not check it out?

http://www.chess-stars.com





Sorry, I missed that they actually cover the Barry attack. I haven't gotten so far in the book, and it is really a small note (on page 341, not 339, as mentioned in the index). Nothing on the Tromp, Colle or London as far as I can tell.


This was a major selling point with the book for me.  For a $30 book that advertised that it contained this, I was expecting it to have good coverage.  I might reconsider getting this book now.
  
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I would not very much require the book to have coverage of the 1. d4 sidelines without c4 (viz. Trompowsky, Colle, Torre, Veresov, etc.) since the book is already large enough already at 348 pages. I am grateful that the book covers the "English Anti-Grünfeld" since this is a non-Grünfeld line that is probably not a true sideline from the point of view of a repertoire, and it has been quite critical for grandmaster praxis in recent years (I myself have struggled against 1. c4 trying to utilise the Grünfeld setup for a while). It seems from the Table of Contents that the majority of the material has been devoted to extensive coverage of the actual Grünfeld, of which a book that had such coverage in the form of a repertoire has been highly necessary in these times (especially for us Grünfeld players Smiley). Coverage of 1. d4 without 2. c4 sidelines would require a book of its own due to the high number of such lines, and there already are books such as Dembo's. And then of course there is the Quality Chess GM Repertoire book that Avrukh is going to write on 1. d4 sidelines to eventually complement his two-volume Grünfeld work...
  

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Paddy wrote on 05/03/11 at 19:00:39:
fling wrote on 05/03/11 at 14:41:59:
Laramonet wrote on 05/03/11 at 07:46:56:
Can anybody tell me if the Safest Grunfeld and / or the planned Quality Chess two volumes cover d4 without c4, as well as 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 ? That is, do they provide a complete black repertoire against 1.d4 / 1.c4 / 1.Nf3 ? Many thanks.


IIRC (don't have the book here right now), they don't present anything against 1.d4 without c4. It is not a complete repertoire in that sense. The book is pretty packed anyway!


In fact most reasonable Anti-Gruenfeld lines are covered briefly in TSG, including the annoying Barry Attack.

Since Chess Stars have been kind enough to provide a pdf of the contents, why not check it out?

http://www.chess-stars.com





Sorry, I missed that they actually cover the Barry attack. I haven't gotten so far in the book, and it is really a small note (on page 341, not 339, as mentioned in the index). Nothing on the Tromp, Colle or London as far as I can tell.
  
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Laramonet wrote on 05/03/11 at 07:46:56:
Can anybody tell me if the Safest Grunfeld and / or the planned Quality Chess two volumes cover d4 without c4, as well as 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 ? That is, do they provide a complete black repertoire against 1.d4 / 1.c4 / 1.Nf3 ? Many thanks.


IIRC (don't have the book here right now), they don't present anything against 1.d4 without c4. It is not a complete repertoire in that sense. The book is pretty packed anyway!


In fact most reasonable Anti-Gruenfeld lines are covered briefly in TSG, including the annoying Barry Attack.

Since Chess Stars have been kind enough to provide a pdf of the contents, why not check it out?

http://www.chess-stars.com



  
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Laramonet wrote on 05/03/11 at 07:46:56:
Can anybody tell me if the Safest Grunfeld and / or the planned Quality Chess two volumes cover d4 without c4, as well as 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 ? That is, do they provide a complete black repertoire against 1.d4 / 1.c4 / 1.Nf3 ? Many thanks.


As far as I know, Avrukh is going to write a Black repertoire book on the "1.d4 deviations" which will be part of the Grandmaster Repertoire series. 

I think Avrukh's material on the Grunfeld grew too large for one volume, so I speculate that he will have two volumes devoted to Grunfeld and anti-Grunfeld stuff (1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5, for instance) and then a third, separate volume on stuff like the Trompowsky, London, Colle, etc.  So that would mean that you would need to buy 3 of the Grandmaster Repertoire volumes to have all non-1.e4 tries covered, but I'm not sure.
  
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Can anybody tell me if the Safest Grunfeld and / or the planned Quality Chess two volumes cover d4 without c4, as well as 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 ? That is, do they provide a complete black repertoire against 1.d4 / 1.c4 / 1.Nf3 ? Many thanks.


IIRC (don't have the book here right now), they don't present anything against 1.d4 without c4. It is not a complete repertoire in that sense. The book is pretty packed anyway!
  
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To "The Safest Grünfeld"

Part 13 deals with "early deviations".

"This part aims to serve you as a guide in some of the most popular Anti-Grünfeld systems. It cannot presend a full move-by-move repertoire as we should have dealt then with a good half of theory of closed openings."

Note: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 is covered in an other part of the book like some SOS-systems.

1. c4 / 1.Nf3

"In principle, the most challenging retorts to 1. c4 should be 1. ... c5 or 1. ... e5!"

Basically they examine some important lines and give you an idea how to play as Black and develop your own repertoire when you really want play some kind of Grünfeld in these situations.


  
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Can anybody tell me if the Safest Grunfeld and / or the planned Quality Chess two volumes cover d4 without c4, as well as 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 ? That is, do they provide a complete black repertoire against 1.d4 / 1.c4 / 1.Nf3 ? Many thanks.
  
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@BPaulsen: Thanks a lot for the inspiration. How did you come to be a second, a personal friend of yours or? Its nice to see that some people in here seem very dedicated and even fairly decent players themselves. I believe Im not too shabby a player myself but some people in here are publishing books, seconding world class GMs etc. Really impressive stuff!
  
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This is some good news. I am already reading The Safest Grünfeld and am enjoying the amount of detail in this book. I shall also anticipate the new two-volume GM Repertoire Grünfeld 8 and 9 series. It seems as if everyone will now be winning with the Grünfeld in their games. Smiley


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This is some good news. I am already reading The Safest Grünfeld and am enjoying the amount of detail in this book. I shall also anticipate the new two-volume GM Repertoire Grünfeld 8 and 9 series. It seems as if everyone will now be winning with the Grünfeld in their games. Smiley
  

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Hehe liking your teasing ways BPaulsen! ...do you second a lot of strong players? And any hints on which line or plan one should focus his attention to look for said improvements?


Just one player.

Hint: the key line shows up in a fairly recent Eljanov game (his opponent reacts very badly), and it's not a line currently viewed positively for white if black follows the commonly recommended antidote (Krasenkow claims black is doing well, for example).
  

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I read at Quality Chess' blog that Avrukh's Grunfeld book will be in fact a 2 volume work! The editors received 700 pages or more, so it would be logical to split it in two volumes.

This sounds good from my Black point of view - it will take the White's years to study this. Until then I will be safe with Delchev  Wink
  
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I read at Quality Chess' blog that Avrukh's Grunfeld book will be in fact a 2 volume work! The editors received 700 pages or more, so it would be logical to split it in two volumes.

Grunfeld is now a big headache for a 1.d4 player. He has many options for sure, and some of them are dangerous in practice but everywhere Black seems to be theoreticaly fine. With the candidate's matches close i cannot but wonder if we are going to see any Grunfelds, or the Slav once again will be the main battlefield for the World Championship matches.
  
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The book is at least pretty thick with a lot of material in it! I haven't had time to more than briefly read some parts of it. But so far, so good.
  
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Hehe liking your teasing ways BPaulsen! ...do you second a lot of strong players? And any hints on which line or plan one should focus his attention to look for said improvements?

@Amentanoitos: Thanks for your constant contributions to this forum. The threads may not always seem as active as could have been but be sure that at lot of people including myself enjoy and appreciate following the threads at a distance.
As for The Safest Grunfeld Im also strongly considering buying this book, but with Avrukhs book just months away I wanted to see how people like this book before I go ahead and purchase it. But the few people that already have this book, have expressed positive sentiments.
  
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I have ordered the book but probably i'll be able to get it in my hands in 15 days or so. I am curious about 1.c4 and 1.Nf3. Do they say that Black equalises there?


Prediction: black equalizes in both because that's where currently played theory points if black is precise. They don't even have a difficult task ahead of them if they follow well-trodden paths.

Thankfully I've managed a significant theoretical development for the white cause, but I'll go ahead and guarantee now it won't be in their book (nor will I post it, if anyone gets to use it, it'll be the person I'm a second for - once that happens I'll go ahead and post it). Wink
  

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@gewgaw: You referred to Houska's book but you actually meant Dembo's book! I have to notice that there are a lot of recent developments in the ...Na5 line against Bc4.

I have ordered the book but probably i'll be able to get it in my hands in 15 days or so. I am curious about 1.c4 and 1.Nf3. Do they say that Black equalises there?
  
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I recieved the book and I really like it - it's one of those modern opening books concentrating on ideas and understanding. Added are concrete variations and suggestions - but I will have to work on my own as well (and I like to do that!)

Just a funny typo from the backcover:
"The Safest Grünfeld offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.Nd4..."
  
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Phil Adams wrote on 04/12/11 at 14:44:43:
gewgaw wrote on 04/12/11 at 14:32:27:
I don´t like the position after

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bc4 Bg7 8.Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. Bf4 Qd7 (12... Be5)

10. ... Na5 is the most common move recently and even play at the highest level. Maybe they took ...Qc7, because Houska covered ...Na5 in her book and they wanted to be creative.
My opinion about black´s options:
....Bg4 --> lots of long forced lines, riskfree for White, Black has to suffer for a draw and has to find too many only moves; Topalov - Shirov
... Na5 --> my pet line; good winning try; not so many forced lines;
...Qc7 --> advertised as Fisher´s move, but Black get`s no real counterplay; I hate it to move my queen to e8 [qd8-qc7-qd7-qe8]; Topalov v. Svidler was a nightmare for me;
...b6 or ...e6 --> maybe these moves work, too; I´ve no experiences with them;



Their rationale for choosing the ...Qc7, ...Rd8 variation is explained on the first page of the "Foreword" section in the PDF.

I recall that this was also the choice in Adorjan's classic book on the Gruenfeld.


Cheesy - what an excerpt!!

The safest sicilian was the only opening book I studied from the first to the last page and this excerpt ensures, that I´ll will study this book in the same way. Impressive stuff and I´m curious, how Delchev convinces me from ...Na5 to ...Qc7; I guess, he´ll succeed. Wink
  

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I don´t like the position after

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bc4 Bg7 8.Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. Bf4 Qd7 (12... Be5)

10. ... Na5 is the most common move recently and even play at the highest level. Maybe they took ...Qc7, because Houska covered ...Na5 in her book and they wanted to be creative.
My opinion about black´s options:
....Bg4 --> lots of long forced lines, riskfree for White, Black has to suffer for a draw and has to find too many only moves; Topalov - Shirov
... Na5 --> my pet line; good winning try; not so many forced lines;
...Qc7 --> advertised as Fisher´s move, but Black get`s no real counterplay; I hate it to move my queen to e8 [qd8-qc7-qd7-qe8]; Topalov v. Svidler was a nightmare for me;
...b6 or ...e6 --> maybe these moves work, too; I´ve no experiences with them;



Their rationale for choosing the ...Qc7, ...Rd8 variation is explained on the first page of the "Foreword" section in the PDF.

I recall that this was also the choice in Adorjan's classic book on the Gruenfeld.
  
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I don´t like the position after

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bc4 Bg7 8.Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. Bf4 Qd7 (12... Be5)

10. ... Na5 is the most common move recently and even play at the highest level. Maybe they took ...Qc7, because Houska covered ...Na5 in her book and they wanted to be creative.
My opinion about black´s options:
....Bg4 --> lots of long forced lines, riskfree for White, Black has to suffer for a draw and has to find too many only moves; Topalov - Shirov
... Na5 --> my pet line; good winning try; not so many forced lines;
...Qc7 --> advertised as Fisher´s move, but Black get`s no real counterplay; I hate it to move my queen to e8 [qd8-qc7-qd7-qe8]; Topalov v. Svidler was a nightmare for me;
...b6 or ...e6 --> maybe these moves work, too; I´ve no experiences with them;

  

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The marketing on the Chess Stars site got off to a bad start:

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The Safest Grünfeld offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.Nd4 and various Anti-Grünfeld systems [...]


I'm sorry, but I don't face 1.Nd4 very often and I'm unlikely to need a big 350-page book on it.  Cheesy

Jokes aside, judging from the pdf excerpt this looks like a great book, organized just the way I like it with the themes and plans first, only then concrete theory.


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The marketing on the Chess Stars site got off to a bad start:

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The Safest Grünfeld offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.Nd4 and various Anti-Grünfeld systems [...]


I'm sorry, but I don't face 1.Nd4 very often and I'm unlikely to need a big 350-page book on it.  Cheesy

Jokes aside, judging from the pdf excerpt this looks like a great book, organized just the way I like it with the themes and plans first, only then concrete theory.
  

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Reply #18 - 04/12/11 at 04:19:17
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I already like what I see in the book from that (very extensive!) excerpt that Chess Stars provided. I have just pre-ordered this book for express delivery. Smiley

I saw the Table of Contents towards the last portion of the excerpt. I especially like the line with 9...Re8 against the Neo-Grünfeld (Fianchetto Variation). I expect that this line will be very heavily debated at the highest levels, especially since the Carlsen-Giri game.
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #17 - 04/12/11 at 01:40:02
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tracke - The Safest Grünfeld obviously refers to the authors´ opinion that against the Exchange
System with 7Bc4 those subsystems with ...Bg4 or ...Na5/b6 are "playable" with some
or many only moves, but "only the Classical system with ...Qc7 gives Black fair chances
to play sound positional chess"


Thanks for posting the link to the book tracke. It seems to be a fantastic book and the safest ...Qc7 makes sense. 348 pages of Delchev/Agrest book + Avrukh will be a safest summer!  Grin
 
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #16 - 04/11/11 at 08:44:03
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Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/10/11 at 23:45:27:
I cannot see the .pdf link in the website. Which part is it? I see that on the forthcoming books page it only says, "The Safest Grünfeld by Alexander Delchev and Evgeny Agrest will be printed on April 15!" Could you provide the link here please?


It's the first item on the Chess Stars home page. It's the link that says "See a Sample and Idex[sic] of Variations." You might need to refresh the page to make it appear (well, I had to).
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #15 - 04/11/11 at 08:34:48
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Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/10/11 at 23:50:33:
Ametanoitos wrote on 04/10/11 at 19:35:09:
Avrukh's line against Bc4+Ne2 is also a surprise! And it also looks very strategic in nature.


Did Quality Chess post a .pdf file too?


Nope! Wink

I also like what i see in Delchev's book. But i think that he doesn't take seriously my pet line with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4
(4...Bg7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.cxd5 c6 7.e3 cxd5 8.Nf3 is a bit better for White and this line was given in Starting Out the Slav by Flear!)
5.Bf4! This line was given as slightly better for White by Bogdanov in his Grunfeld book and also Rowson expressed the opinion that White may be theoriticaly slightly for choice but Black's play is easy etc etc... If i am not mistaken (from what i saw at the pdf) Delchev "passes" this line quickly. OK, i understand that this is not critical and popular line anymore and you cannot ask for a book to cover in depth everybody's pet lines, but i say what i see and from the moment that this is the only chapter from the book that was available this was the first line i searched!
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/10/11 at 19:35:09:
Avrukh's line against Bc4+Ne2 is also a surprise! And it also looks very strategic in nature.


Did Quality Chess post a .pdf file too?
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #13 - 04/10/11 at 23:45:27
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tracke wrote on 04/10/11 at 15:43:31:
Now there´s a PDF download with TOC/intro/extract at
http://chess-stars.com/

"The Safest Grünfeld offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4 and various
Anti-Grünfeld systems as 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3, 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4, 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3"


Contents
005  Foreword
010  Introduction
011  Part 1 The Fianchetto System
061  Part 2 The Bf4 System
103  Part 3 The Bg5 System
139  Part 4 The e3 System
157  Part 5 The Qb3 System
175  Part 6 Rare Systems I
197  Part 7 Rare Systems II
209  Part 8 The Exchange System 7.Be3
225  Part 9 The Exchange System 7.Nf3
257  Part 10 The Exchange System 7.Bc4
305  Part 11 SOS Systems
313  Part 12 Anti-Grünfeld – 3.f3
329  Part 13 The English Anti-Grünfeld
343  Index of Variations

The Safest Grünfeld obviously refers to the authors´ opinion that against the Exchange
System with 7Bc4 those subsystems with ...Bg4 or ...Na5/b6 are "playable" with some
or many only moves, but "only the Classical system with ...Qc7 gives Black fair chances
to play sound positional chess
"

tracke  Smiley


I cannot see the .pdf link in the website. Which part is it? I see that on the forthcoming books page it only says, "The Safest Grünfeld by Alexander Delchev and Evgeny Agrest will be printed on April 15!" Could you provide the link here please?
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
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Avrukh's line against Bc4+Ne2 is also a surprise! And it also looks very strategic in nature.
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #11 - 04/10/11 at 19:22:54
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This books looks fantastic! Can't wait!
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
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Now there´s a PDF download with TOC/intro/extract at
http://chess-stars.com/

"The Safest Grünfeld offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4 and various
Anti-Grünfeld systems as 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3, 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4, 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3"


Contents
005  Foreword
010  Introduction
011  Part 1 The Fianchetto System
061  Part 2 The Bf4 System
103  Part 3 The Bg5 System
139  Part 4 The e3 System
157  Part 5 The Qb3 System
175  Part 6 Rare Systems I
197  Part 7 Rare Systems II
209  Part 8 The Exchange System 7.Be3
225  Part 9 The Exchange System 7.Nf3
257  Part 10 The Exchange System 7.Bc4
305  Part 11 SOS Systems
313  Part 12 Anti-Grünfeld – 3.f3
329  Part 13 The English Anti-Grünfeld
343  Index of Variations

The Safest Grünfeld obviously refers to the authors´ opinion that against the Exchange
System with 7Bc4 those subsystems with ...Bg4 or ...Na5/b6 are "playable" with some
or many only moves, but "only the Classical system with ...Qc7 gives Black fair chances
to play sound positional chess
"

tracke  Smiley
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #9 - 04/05/11 at 11:14:39
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Mortal Games wrote on 04/04/11 at 17:23:15:
I plan to buy it but I dislike the title.  Angry
Why not the simple (until a few weeks ago): The Grunfeld for Black? If everything is "Safest" or "Easiest", what will be hard?  Roll Eyes   


Long time ago, Kasparov said that he had two systems (in Grünfeld as black) against every line. One that equalises and one that was more ambitious, perhaps 'unclear', I guess.

Delchev and Agrest probably often choose fairly safe lines. The title also leaves it open for other Chess Stars books on the opening.

In the Grünfeld, it is often white who makes the choices of lines, whereas in the Sicilian, it mostly is white. I'd be surprised if we see "The Sharpest Grünfeld" and "The Easiest Grünfeld" soon.
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #8 - 04/05/11 at 02:13:43
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Gilchrist is a legend wrote on 04/05/11 at 02:07:48:
TN wrote on 04/05/11 at 02:02:45:
The Grunfeld is very safe, but only for White.  Grin


I am not so sure about that, especially after the Carlsen-Giri game in which the Neo-Grünfeld (Fianchetto) was played Smiley


I agree, that was just some persiflage on my part.  Tongue
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
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The Grunfeld is very safe, but only for White.  Grin


I am not so sure about that, especially after the Carlsen-Giri game in which the Neo-Grünfeld (Fianchetto) was played Smiley
  

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The Grunfeld is very safe, but only for White.  Grin
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #5 - 04/05/11 at 00:22:41
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I have played the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn several times, even memorising the 30+ move lines in the theory. Those lines seemed extremely difficult to play, not only due to memorisation, but the positions were so unorthodox and strange altogether. I think the Grünfeld ...Qxa2 line is less convoluted, but still very complicated to play OTB.
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
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"Unsound"? But the ...Qxa2 line is the most ambitious line (and THE main line) or the Rb1 line! Also the Najdorf PP has proven itself of NOT beeing unsound at all! If you consider those lines unsound you should stay away of those openings! Breyer would be a fine choice....
  
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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #3 - 04/04/11 at 21:17:16
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I am not sure what the title means, but there was also a Chess Stars book named The Safest Sicilian, which was on 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6. In my opinion all Sicilians are unsafe (although I play the Sicilian Smiley), and I am guessing that the Grünfeld book will involve safe lines(?). I play the Grünfeld and one unsound line I have never played is where Black plays ...Qxa2 and captures an extra pawn in exchange for a very fierce initiative by White against White's ...Rb1, much in the spirit of the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn. Another unsound line I remember is where Black plays 10...Bg4 in the Exchange Variation, having White play 11. f3 Na5 12. Bxf7 Rxf7 13. fxg4. I have never played this line either...
  

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Re: New Grünfeld Book: The Safest Grünfeld
Reply #2 - 04/04/11 at 20:35:19
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Mortal Games wrote on 04/04/11 at 17:23:15:
I plan to buy it but I dislike the title.  Angry
Why not the simple (until a few weeks ago): The Grunfeld for Black? If everything is "Safest" or "Easiest", what will be hard?  Roll Eyes   


It seems no one wanna work or think hard, so everything is easy, safe and riskfree.  Shocked

Why not "The Mercedes of Black´s Defence - Grunfeld-Indian" ?


  

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I plan to buy it but I dislike the title.  Angry
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04/03/11 at 21:07:32
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Apparently Chess Stars are planning to publish a Grünfeld book for Black on 15th April. Exciting to hear, does anyone plan on buying it?

http://chess-stars.com/forthcoming_books.html

I wonder where the Table of Contents are though, I cannot seem to find them on the webpage.
  

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