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The author's comments on the new edition:
"This book is a completely new edition of the original The Safest Grünfeld of 2011. I re-checked all the lines and changed my recommendations according to latest developments of theory and my new understanding.
Especially the anti-Grünfeld chapters are basically new. In my opinion top players have long lost hope to find advantage in the main lines and try early deviations. Anand chose 3.f3 against Gelfand and 5.Bd2 against Carlsen. So I devoted special attention to the Sämish approach with two different propositions. 3..Nc6 is less studied and probably more rewarding from a practical standpoint, while 3..d5 is in perfect theoretical shape, but requires more memorization.
Every too often White players try to avoid the Grünfeld by refraining from d4 or c4. I added an additional chapter on the recently topical Trompowsky and Barry/Jobava attack.
The 7.Bc4 system in the Exchange Variation, and the Russian System have also undergone a major reconstruction." - Alexander Delchev
Description of the original edition:
The Safest Grunfeld offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4, based on the Grunfeld Defence, and various Anti-Grunfeld systems such as 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3, 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4, and 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3. The book follows Chess Stars trademark structure with 3 chapters in every part. "Main Ideas" aims to give you a succinct review of the theory and the basic knowledge that should allow you to start playing the opening without much study. They also give examples of middlegame plans and typical tactical motifs, to complement the theoretical "Step by Step" and "Complete Games" chapters. In most main lines, the authors offer at least two alternative setups for Black - one solid system, and a more challenging approach.
Alexander Delchev is a Bulgarian Grandmaster. He has won the Bulgarian Championship three times, participated in five Chess Olympiads and was the European Grand Prix winner in 2004. He is also co-author of the popular "Most Flexible Sicilian" and "Modern Reti".
Published 2019, softback, 352 pages.