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Playing the Grünfeld

504 pages, hardback, Quality, 1. edition 2020.

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The Grünfeld Defence is well known to be one of Black’s best and most challenging responses to 1.d4, and has long been a favourite choice of elite players including Kasparov, Svidler, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave and many more. As with many openings, however, it can be difficult to navigate the ever-expanding jungle of games and theory.

Playing the Grünfeld offers an ideal solution for practical players. Alexey Kovalchuk is a young Russian talent with expert knowledge of the Grünfeld, and in this book he shares his best ideas to form a complete, coherent and combative repertoire for Black. In addition to theoretical soundness, efforts have been made to avoid variations leading to early forced draws, as well as those in which Black allows his king to be attacked at an early stage.

Alexey Kovalchuk is a Russian player whose rating reached 2445 in recent years, so he can be considered an ‘IM without the norms’. In additional to winning the Rostov Championship and numerous other tournaments, he is a theoretician who works as a second for strong GMs.

Language English
Author Kovalchuk, Alexey
Publisher Quality
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 1.08 kg
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Pages 504
ISBN-13 978-1-78483-096-0
Year of Publication 2020
Binding hardback

004 Symbols & Bibliography

005 Foreword by GM Nikita Petrov

006 Introduction

Third Move Deviations

015 1) 3.f3

036 2) Fianchetto System


074 3) Rare 4th & 5th Moves

090 4) Systems with e2-e3

118 5) Bg5 Systems

163 6) Bf4 Systems

201 7) Lines with Qa4+

219 8) Russian System

246 9) 8.e5 & 8.Be2!

4.cxd5 Nxd5

290 10) Rare Lines

316 11) 5.Bd2

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7

332 12) Exchange Variation

368 13) Be3 Systems

398 14) 7.Nf3

443 15) 7.Bc4

476 16) 11.dxc5!

498 Variation Index


Playing the Grünfeld