Vassilios Kotronias & Mikhail IvanovVolume 1A: Queen's Gambit Accepted & MinorsSample pages (pdf)
Creating a repertoire with 1.d4 in 2021 is an immensely difficult task.
White's chances for an advantage become slimmer and slimmer thanks to the opening analysis offered by rapidly improving engines. This is the reason you see many books offering a repertoire for Black but very few doing the same for White. It is much more difficult to find a new path for White than in the past, as engines provide, almost always, a way to equality - with Black you only need to reach equality.
Still, the authors of the present series decided to pick up the gauntlet. GM Vassilios Kotronias was not a 1.d4 practitioner but had the appetite to dive into the deep waters of something new for him, while GM Mikhail Ivanov's vast experience and knowledge of 1.d4 ensured that the correct paths would be, more or less, followed.
In volume 1A the authors start by examining the most solid, symmetrical defense for the opponent, which in the present case is 1..d5.
Given the large amount of theory it is practically impossible to cover everything in one volume, so volume 1A examines some "lesser" defences after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 and a couple of important variations of the Queen's Gambit Accepted. The rest of the Queen's Gambit Accepted is examined in volume 1B.
A classical defensive scheme like the QGA can hardly be refuted. Whatever chances exist for White in the related structures were used by the authors, in order to make Black's life less easy.
This book aims to find the critical path, recommending strong attacking methods whenever that was possible, and clear cut strategic ideas when it was not. Even defences like the Chigorin Defence, the Albin Counter-Gambit, and the Mirror Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5) have not been refuted, but at least the task there is not as hard as in the lines of the QGA included here - in particular the 3.e4 b5 variation.
The authors hope that the reader can profit from the many included ideas and diagrams in critical (and non-critical) positions. It is impossible to remember everything, but what is possible is to get a feeling of the struggle, which is the aim of this work.
Greek Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias is well-known for his excellent analytical work and writing style which presents the material in a way that is comprehensive and easy to understand. Mikhail Ivanov is a Russian Grandmaster who has won over 100 tournaments in Europe and other countries.
Published 2022, softback, 320 pages.