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The Grünfeld Defence Revealed

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175 Seiten, kartoniert, Batsford Chess, 1. Auflage 2003

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The first in a series of new and innovative books, clearly presenting the key aspects of each chess opening in a fresh, entertaining and accessible way.

The aim of this series is to provide the essential knowledge to play the opening, while revealing the current thinking of the world's elite players. 'First Moves' leads readers through the basic opening moves; 'Heroes & Zeroes' gives the best and worst performances with the opening: Tricks & Traps' reveals how you might catch put your opponent; and What is Hot' pinpoints the very latest ideas from the world's elite. A detailed table in the style of ECO is given at the close of the book, summarizing the main variations with assessments.

The counterattacking Gruenfeld Defence is a favourite opening of the legendary Garry Kasparov. In this book, Kasparov's friend and confidante, International Master Michael Khodarkovsky, lets us into the secrets of Kasparov's opening preparation, explains the most important elements of Gruenfeld strategy, and gives an up-to-date survey of the critical lines.

Michael Khodarkovsky is a respected coach in America, where he has lived for many years after emigrating from the Soviet Union.

The author of an opening book tries to lift a veil on the opening's secrets, illustrating his ideas with the best games, or game fragments, he can find. Every author is hoping that his work will be understood and appreciated by his readers. Moreover, he hopes to see an increase in popularity of the opening among chess players of all levels. The author of this book is no exception.

The book is not set out in the traditional way, describing the opening in strict order, line-by-line, system-by-system. Here, each chapter is presented as a separate thematic article. However, the end result will hopefully be that you have a more conceptual approach to the opening you have decided to play.

The book starts quite literally with 'First Steps', running through the basic moves, and the basic motivation of the opening.

Then comes 'Heroes and Zeros' -great wins (and losses!) with the opening. In this chapter you will find thoroughly analysed games, and the thoughts of players who have enriched the theory of the Grünfeld Defence. Here I would like to thank my friends Garry Kasparov, Boris Gulko, Leonid Shamkovich, Gennadi Zaitchik, and Sam Palatnik for their exclusive contributions to this book.

'Strategy', gives an overview of two of White's main systems, looking at the principle lines and theoretical battlegrounds.

'What's Hot' takes you through some of the (currently) most popular lines in the Grünfeld, offering the latest theoretical opinion on these crucial systems.

In Tricks and Traps' I show how strategy and tactics combine to achieve the ultimate goal -winning the game.

An important element of each opening book is a set of test positions. In Test Your Skill' there are several different types of position to analyse. Alongside the usual tactical problems, there are also more complex situations that test your strategic understanding. (Don't worry, there is also an answers section.)

And finally, if you can't find the analysis of some theoretical lines in the descriptive part of the book, don't hesitate to look at 'Details', where lists of variations are displayed with assessments.

Before you read on, I would like to quote Grandmaster Boris Gulko, whose remarks characterise the Grünfeld Defence perfectly: 'If White plays precisely and logically, he should get an advantage; while for Black to get a good game he must rely on occasional tactical chances. Fortunately, such 'occasions' occur quite often'.

Michael Khodarkovsky, New Jersey, 2003

The first in a series of new and innovative books, clearly presenting the key aspects of each chess opening in a fresh, entertaining and accessible way.

The aim of this series is to provide the essential knowledge to play the opening, while revealing the current thinking of the world's elite players. 'First Moves' leads readers through the basic opening moves; 'Heroes & Zeroes' gives the best and worst performances with the opening: Tricks & Traps' reveals how you might catch put your opponent; and What is Hot' pinpoints the very latest ideas from the world's elite. A detailed table in the style of ECO is given at the close of the book, summarizing the main variations with assessments.

The counterattacking Gruenfeld Defence is a favourite opening of the legendary Garry Kasparov. In this book, Kasparov's friend and confidante, International Master Michael Khodarkovsky, lets us into the secrets of Kasparov's opening preparation, explains the most important elements of Gruenfeld strategy, and gives an up-to-date survey of the critical lines.

Michael Khodarkovsky is a respected coach in America, where he has lived for many years after emigrating from the Soviet Union.

The author of an opening book tries to lift a veil on the opening's secrets, illustrating his ideas with the best games, or game fragments, he can find. Every author is hoping that his work will be understood and appreciated by his readers. Moreover, he hopes to see an increase in popularity of the opening among chess players of all levels. The author of this book is no exception.

The book is not set out in the traditional way, describing the opening in strict order, line-by-line, system-by-system. Here, each chapter is presented as a separate thematic article. However, the end result will hopefully be that you have a more conceptual approach to the opening you have decided to play.

The book starts quite literally with 'First Steps', running through the basic moves, and the basic motivation of the opening.

Then comes 'Heroes and Zeros' -great wins (and losses!) with the opening. In this chapter you will find thoroughly analysed games, and the thoughts of players who have enriched the theory of the Grünfeld Defence. Here I would like to thank my friends Garry Kasparov, Boris Gulko, Leonid Shamkovich, Gennadi Zaitchik, and Sam Palatnik for their exclusive contributions to this book.

'Strategy', gives an overview of two of White's main systems, looking at the principle lines and theoretical battlegrounds.

'What's Hot' takes you through some of the (currently) most popular lines in the Grünfeld, offering the latest theoretical opinion on these crucial systems.

In Tricks and Traps' I show how strategy and tactics combine to achieve the ultimate goal -winning the game.

An important element of each opening book is a set of test positions. In Test Your Skill' there are several different types of position to analyse. Alongside the usual tactical problems, there are also more complex situations that test your strategic understanding. (Don't worry, there is also an answers section.)

And finally, if you can't find the analysis of some theoretical lines in the descriptive part of the book, don't hesitate to look at 'Details', where lists of variations are displayed with assessments.

Before you read on, I would like to quote Grandmaster Boris Gulko, whose remarks characterise the Grünfeld Defence perfectly: 'If White plays precisely and logically, he should get an advantage; while for Black to get a good game he must rely on occasional tactical chances. Fortunately, such 'occasions' occur quite often'.

Michael Khodarkovsky, New Jersey, 2003

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 230 g
Hersteller Batsford Chess
Breite 13,8 cm
Höhe 21,6 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2003
Autor Michael Khodarkovsky
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-10 0713488271
Seiten 175
Einband kartoniert

005 Introduction

007 First Steps

015 Heroes and Zeros

051 Strategy

079 What's Hot

103 Tricks and Traps

122 Test Your Skil

132 Test Your Skill - Solutions

145 Details

174 Definitions of Symbols

175 Before the Fight

Der Londoner Batsford-Verlag beginnt mit diesem Band eine neue Eröffnungsreihe, welche die Kernaspekte der Eröffnungen in einer "frischen, unterhaltsamen und zugänglichen Weise" (so der Verlagsprospekt) verdeutlichen soll. Grünfeld-Indisch ist nach wie vor en vogue, auch und gerade im Spitzenschach, und der Weltranglisten-Erste Garry Kasparow zählt zu seinen treuesten Anhängern. Der seit vielen Jahren als angesehener Schachtrainer in den USA lebende IM Michael Khodarkovsky - ein guter Freund und Vertrauter Kasparows, wenngleich hier zu Lande wohl weniger bekannt - erschien als der geeignete Autor zur Durchleuchtung dieser Eröffnung. Der Stoff wird in acht Kapitel aufgeteilt, deren Benennung in allen noch folgenden Bänden der geplanten Reihe die gleiche bleiben soll:

1) First Steps (S. 7-14): erläutert die Anfangszüge 1.d4 Sf6 2.c4 g6 3.Sc3 d5 anhand der Abtauschvariante 4.cxd5 Sxd5 5.e4 Sxc3 6.bxc3 Lg7 mit allgemeinen Erklärungen. Zudem führt der Autor die Stammpartie vor: Becker - Grünfeld, Wien 1921: 1.d4 Sf6 2.Sf3 g6 3.c4 Lg7 4.Sc3 d5 5.cxd5 Sxd5 6.e4 Sxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8. Le2 0-0 9.0-0 cxd4 10.cxd4 Sc6 11.Le3 Lg4 12.d5 Se5 13.Tb1 Sxf3+ 14.gxf3 Lh3 15.Txb7 Lxf1 16.Lxf1 D d6 17.Lxa7 Le5 18.h3 Da3 19.Le3 Tfb8 20.Txb8+ Txb8 21.Lc4 Dc3 22.Lb3 Dc7 23.Kg2 Lf4 24.Ld4 Le5 25.Le3 remis (S.7 f).

2) Heroes and Zeros (S. 15-50): zeigt sieben instruktive und eingehend analysierte Partien mit großen Schwarz-Siegen (z.B. Yussupov - Gulko, Hastings 1969), aber auch Niederlagen (etwa Kasparow - Swidler, Wijk aan Zee 1999).

3) Strategy (S. 51-78): hier gibt der Autor eine gut erläuterte Übersicht der beiden hauptsächlichen Systeme (Abtauschvariante und klassische Lf4-Variante) anhand von zwei Partien und zwölf Partiefragmenten.

4) What's Hot (S. 79-102): mittels der drei ausführlich kommentierten Partien Kramnik - Kasparow (BGN-WM London 2000), Marcos - Sutovsky (Bled (ol) 2002) und Kasparow-Smirin (Schnellschachwettkampf Russland gegen den Rest der Welt, Moskau 2002) zeigt der Autor neue Ideen der Weltelite im Eröffnungskampf des Grünfeldinders auf.

5) Tricks and Traps (S. 103-121): macht auf typische Eröffnungsfallen aufmerksam (mit fünf Beispielpartien).

6) und 7) Test Your Skill, mit Lösungen (S. 122-144): gibt mit ansteigendem Schwierigkeitsgrad 17 Grünfeld-Stellungen vor, bei welchen der Leser jeweils die besten Fortsetzungen ermitteln soll.

8) Details (S. 145-174): präsentiert schließlich im Stil des Schachinformators 71 Grünfeld-Abspiele, in etwa gleichmäßig verteilt auf die gebräuchlichsten Varianten.

Der Verfasser bringt dem englischkundigen Leser eine dynamische Eröffnung näher, welche für beide Seiten spannende und riskante Konstellationen verspricht und hüben wie drüben das Spiel auf Gewinn erleichtern mag. Das Konzept des Bandes erscheint zwar gewöhnungsbedürftig, ist jedoch wohl durchdacht und attraktiv für den Lernbegierigen, ob es sich im Vergleich zu herkömmlichen Eröffnungswerken durchsetzen kann, wird die Zukunft zeigen.

Dr. W. Schweizer , Rochade Europa 10/2003