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The Grunfeld Defence arises after 1.d4,Nf6; 2.c4,g6; 3.Nc3,d5; and appeared on the scene in the 1920s, as one of the new "hypermodern" opening systems. At the highest level it has been used by Botvinnik, Smyslov, Fischer and, of course, Kasparov in two of his matches against Karpov.
White has many ways of continuing and these are explained clearly in Valentin Bogdanov's book. In eight chapters he examines the Clssical and Modern Exchange Systems, the Fianchetto System, the Russian System, lines with Bf4, or Bg5, and the quiet e3, lines. Using 25 well annotated games Bogdanov seeks to explain the underlying ideas as well as the tactical nuances of the Grunfeld in an unbiased way. His book is aimed at club and tournament level players wishing to make the Grunfeld part of their repertoire or learn how to play against it.
Chess Explained books offer an understanding of an opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.
International Master Valentin Bogdanov has over thirty years' experience as a chess trainer, and is from Ukraine. His pupils include Moskalenko, Savchenko and Drozdovsky, and he has acted as a second for the well-known grandmaster and theoretician Viacheslav Eingorn since the late 1970s.
Published 2009, softback, 127 pages.