1.d4, Volume 1 (Grandmaster Repertoire, Volume 1) by Boris Avrukh

By Boris Avrukh

"Grandmaster Repertoire" is a brand new sequence of top quality chess books in accordance with the most traces, written via robust grandmasters. the purpose is to supply the reader with a whole repertoire at a degree more than enough for elite tournaments, and positively additionally for the membership championship. "Grandmaster Repertoire" presents a repertoire to final a life-time. most sensible GM Boris Avrukh charts a path in the direction of a bonus with 1.d4. Avrukh is used to dealing with the easiest avid gamers on the planet. during this publication he provides a stronger model of the repertoire that increased him to the pinnacle 50, targeting major strains with a king part fianchetto. "1.d4 quantity One" covers the openings after 1.d4 d4 2.c4, fairly the Catalan, Queen's Gambit permitted, Semi-Slav, Slav, and different Queen's Gambit traces.

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Dxc4 and 5 . . c6 1 1 . lDxc4 Wi'xd4 This move i s stronger than the game continuation: 1 2 . . bxc3? Wi'xd2 axb6 I S . 0-0 when the position is clearly in White's favour as he is able to seize the initiative, while Black will have to develop his pieces. I S . . a6 ( 1 S . . E:fc l E:dB Slugin - Kharlov, St Petersburg (The lesser evil would have been 1 6 . . aS! [ 1 7 . . Wi'a3! aS! bS (one of the ideas comes to light after 1 7 . . E:xaS ! E:a7+- and Black is losing the b5-pawn. lDe3 I S .

Wb? d5 looks great for White, as all his pieces are in play. ; The idea is to transfer the dark-squared bishop to c3 and thus maintain a clear positional edge. 61 Conclusion: In general there should be a reason why 5 . . ttJbd7 has been out of fashion in recent years. And I believe the reason is simple enough: Black is simply worse in this line, while White enjoys a pleasant Catalan advantage. The Catalan 4 ... dxe4 and 5 ... 0-0 A) 6 . . �xc4 B 1 1) 8 .. J�c8 B 1 2) 8 ... e7 B 1 23) 1 0 ... tDxd4 B 1 3) 8 ...

A5 , while other options are really advantageous for White. 0-0 to draw any definite conclusion, but the fact that it has been employed recently by Kramnik and Ivanchuk says a lot. In my view this is a promising line, while I also recognise that Black's position is quite sound. 0-0. The Catalan 4... dxc4 and 5 ... 0-0 P 52 A) 6 ... c5 B) 6 ... c6 C) 6 ... a6 D) 6 .. e7 F) 6 ... li:J b6 B) sideline with 8 . b 5 F) after 1 3 . . N .. ig2 tDbd7 Nowadays this continuation is hardly ever seen, but there have been almost 400 games where the text appeared on the board.

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