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The Tarrasch Defence (1.d4,d5; 2.c4,e6; 3.Nc3,c5;) is an ambitious defence to the Queen's Gambit. Black's concept is an aggressive one - he willingly accepts an isolated queen's pawn but in return seizes space in the centre and gains freedom of development for all his pieces.
In this book, International Master and Tarrasch expert Sam Collins takes an in-depth look at this popular opening and its many variations. Using 25 illustrative games, Collins highlights the typical plans and tactics for both sides, presents repertoire options for Black and provides answers to all the key questions.
The main focus of the book is White's popular setup with fianchettoed king's bishop and a later Bg5 or dxc5 to pressure Black's centre. It also features the symmetrical Tarrasch, where White plays e3, Reti setups and other sidelines. A final chapter briefly examines the von Hennig-Schara Gambit and the Swedish Variation with an early ..c4; for Black.
Move by Move provides an ideal platform to study chess. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to improve your chess skills and knowledge.
Published 2013, softback, 254 pages.