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This is the fifth volume of a proposed six volume series presenting a full opening repertoire for White, based on 1.d4.
The idea of small opening repertoire books is not new, but here the purpose and the presentation is different - the choice of the variations, against each black reply, are based on the author's own experience.
The recommendations are geared towards posing Black unconventional problems. Your opponents will not be able to churn out lengthy, memorised variations, but will need to solve problems at the board, in positions that are somewhat different in character from those normally reached in the openings under discussion. The selected systems also form a seamless whole and are reachable by transpositions.
Grivas describes the suggested systems in detail, giving his assessments as clearly as possible, providing useful guidelines and new ideas and moves. For each system he offers not only a repertoire for White, but also explains middlegame strategies, tactical motifs and typical endgame techniques.
The fifth book of the series shows how to face four of Black's defences to 1.d4.
Firstly, the less common defences in the Queen's Gambit Declined, (1.d4, d5; 2.c4,), such as the Albin Counter-Gambit, the Baltic Defence (2..Bf5;) and the Marshall Defence.
Next Grivas turns his attention to the Chigorin Defence (1.d4, d5; 2.c4, Nc6;) a dangerous option which White needs to be prepared to meet.
Thirdly, he examines the Tarrasch Defence (1.d4' d5; 2.c4, e6; 3.Nc3, c5;), a fighting defence often used by Garry Kasparov in the 1980s. Black accepts an isolated d-pawn for active play, but chess engines have shown that White can maintain the advantage with careful play.
Finally Grivas shows how to deal with the Semi-Tarrasch Defence, a solid system which has become more popular than the Tarrasch in recent years. In practice White scores well as Grivas shows.
Efstratios Grivas is an experienced Grandmaster from Greece who has represented his country on many occasions, winning an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Chess Olympiad. He is a Senior FIDE Trainer.
Published 2020, softback, 280 pages.