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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #11 - 03/02/18 at 12:49:05
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I would rather compare it to the Open Spanish: in both openings you get (central) piece play for a structural concession. Also Tarrasch was a strong adherent of both Tongue.  The King's Indian is characterized by a blocked center and attacks on opposite wings. In the Tarrasch middlegame play is mostly based around the center with successfull wings attack that derive from a central superiority.
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #10 - 03/02/18 at 12:30:20
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tapchess wrote on 03/02/18 at 10:46:35:
Therefore at club level putting a small effort on this opening will probably provide outstanding results when playing with Black because most people will be unable to manage the resulting positions.


I agree. I wanted to add another opening to my repertoire that was a different type of game to my usual fianchetto stuff.

I settled on the Tarrasch because:

1. I had some books already to get me going
2. There was a nice new GM repertoire on it
3. It's a pretty much universal defense to all but 1. ..e5
4. It's not got a lot of pawn formations to assimilate (IQP and you're pretty much there  Wink)
5. It's a light square defence, whereas KID and co. are dark square defences, a completely different type of game.
6. I was able to get up and running pretty quickly with it for internet hacking.

In practice, my long play results, although not a large sample so far, have been near enough to par.

I tend to think of it a bit like the KID in one respect though, i.e. you are positionaly worse and so have to mix it up somehow. With the Tarrasch I try to play as actively as possible!

I also don't mind suffering a worse IQP end game (it's not always lost), as long as my opponent isn't Karpov  Smiley

I had a psychologal set back early on, being on the receiving end of a nasty 6. ...dxc5 surprise  Sad, but I've done some work on that, so it's not the end of the world for Black there IMHO.
  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #9 - 03/02/18 at 10:46:35
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Isn't the Tarrasch Defense another one of those underestimated defenses? Sometime ago I raised a similar point on the QGA and within one month or two Caruana started to play it with more than decent results. I believe that the Tarrasch went out of fashion because it was too easy for White 10 years ago to play only for two results. Nowadays this is true for all major openings while the Tarrasch remains still relatively unexplored. Therefore at club level putting a small effort on this opening will probably provide outstanding results when playing with Black because most people will be unable to manage the resulting positions. What's your opinion?
  
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #8 - 01/31/18 at 04:53:20
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Re: New Bezgodov's book on Tarrasch
Reply #7 - 01/31/18 at 00:47:33
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I think there's already a thread on this book. http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1511988779
  
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New Bezgodov's book on Tarrasch
Reply #6 - 01/30/18 at 22:59:00
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Hi guys!
There is a new book about Tarrasch by Bezgodov. Can anyone say how it compares to book by Ntirlis/Aagaard ?
Did he found something new in main line with cxd4?
  
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #5 - 12/12/17 at 16:35:51
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JEH wrote on 12/12/17 at 04:59:12:
Toshak wrote on 12/11/17 at 22:12:11:
I think the most difficult line is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. dxc5 d4 7. Na4 Bxc5 8. Nxc5 Qa5+ 9. Bd2 Qxc5. So far so good, but now 10. b4 ! seems to be very dangerous. Bezgodov only gives 10. e3 and 10. a3, so he completely misses the best continuation for White.


I was one of the early victims of this nasty gambit and it put me off the Tarrasch Defence for a long time  Sad

It's not in GM10 either.

We gave it a good going over in this thread

http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1347006428


Thanks for pointing out the thread!

Well, I am not sure I'll get the book. Seems like some of his previous work. Interesting ideas, but not paying a lot of attention to the most critical lines.

That gambit is tough, although if White starts with e.g. 1.c4 and plays according to Marin, the gambit is avoided, meaning there can still be a place for playing the Tarrasch without worrying about the gambit, just not as an only solution (which might not be a good idea anyway, even if it is convenient).
  
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #4 - 12/12/17 at 04:59:12
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Toshak wrote on 12/11/17 at 22:12:11:
I think the most difficult line is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. dxc5 d4 7. Na4 Bxc5 8. Nxc5 Qa5+ 9. Bd2 Qxc5. So far so good, but now 10. b4 ! seems to be very dangerous. Bezgodov only gives 10. e3 and 10. a3, so he completely misses the best continuation for White.


I was one of the early victims of this nasty gambit and it put me off the Tarrasch Defence for a long time  Sad

It's not in GM10 either.

We gave it a good going over in this thread

http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1347006428
  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, stuck in the middlegame with you
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #3 - 12/11/17 at 22:12:11
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There is nothing on 9. - c4 in Bezgodov's book, therefore difficult to compare.

to take on c5 can be very dangeraou for Black. I think the most difficult line is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. dxc5 d4 7. Na4 Bxc5 8. Nxc5 Qa5+ 9. Bd2 Qxc5. So far so good, but now 10. b4 ! seems to be very dangerous. Bezgodov only gives 10. e3 and 10. a3, so he completely misses the best continuation for White.
  
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #2 - 12/11/17 at 11:10:35
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Toshak wrote on 12/09/17 at 21:54:26:
I have bought the book, but am not so sure about its quality.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 c5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Bg5 cxd4 10. Nxd4 h6 is declared as Kasparov's system and the main line.
Usually I play 9. c4 - which is the main line in my eyes - , but there is a really difficult line for Black, so I try 9. cxd4 in a correspondance game right now.
I don't feel very confident, but maybe it's just because it's my first time.  Cool


Even if the "main line" is not the main line, what about the analysis of the lines 9...cxd4 and 9...c4, is it any good? Something new compared to GM10? Any omissions? And what about the line where White snatches the pawn on c5 early on, etc?
  
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Re: Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
Reply #1 - 12/09/17 at 21:54:26
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I have bought the book, but am not so sure about its quality.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 c5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Bg5 cxd4 10. Nxd4 h6 is declared as Kasparov's system and the main line.
Usually I play 9. c4 - which is the main line in my eyes - , but there is a really difficult line for Black, so I try 9. cxd4 in a correspondance game right now.
I don't feel very confident, but maybe it's just because it's my first time.  Cool
  
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Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
11/29/17 at 20:52:59
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I have been adding the Tarrasch Defence to my repertoire as an alternative to my KID.



Anyone got this book and what do you think of it?
  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, stuck in the middlegame with you
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