1.d4, Volume 1 (Grandmaster Repertoire, Volume 1) by Boris Avrukh

By Boris Avrukh

"Grandmaster Repertoire" is a brand new sequence of top of the range chess books in line with the most strains, written by way of robust grandmasters. the purpose is to supply the reader with an entire repertoire at a degree more than enough for elite tournaments, and definitely additionally for the membership championship. "Grandmaster Repertoire" presents a repertoire to final an entire life. most sensible GM Boris Avrukh charts a direction in the direction of a bonus with 1.d4. Avrukh is used to dealing with the simplest avid gamers on the planet. during this e-book he provides a much better model of the repertoire that increased him to the head 50, concentrating on major traces with a king aspect fianchetto. "1.d4 quantity One" covers the openings after 1.d4 d4 2.c4, fairly the Catalan, Queen's Gambit permitted, Semi-Slav, Slav, and different Queen's Gambit traces.

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Xd7 ± White retains an extra pawn, though Black has some chances to scrape a draw. � fdl White's choice was pleasant. d5 0-0 (or 1 7 . . We? �d4 also gives an excellent initiative. 1 5 ... e4 �e7 1 6 . . d5 creates a dangerous attack. axb5 �xb5 1 8 . . Wb? d5 looks great for White, as all his pieces are in play. ; The idea is to transfer the dark-squared bishop to c3 and thus maintain a clear positional edge. 61 Conclusion: In general there should be a reason why 5 . . ttJbd7 has been out of fashion in recent years.

D6! looks very powerful and together with White's improvement on the 1 8th move it makes Black's position quite dangerous. Certainly Black can try 7 . . e7, which is not so dangerous as 7 . . �xd4, but it tends to lead to a pleasant advantage for White. The Catalan 4... d2 p 40 p 41 p 42 p 44 p 45 p 46 p 47 p 48 A) 6 ... hdlt B) 6 ... e7 D) 6 ... 0-0 D l ) 7 ... tD c6 D2) 7 ... g5 D2 1 ) 8 ... b5 D22) 8 ... tDc6 C) after 1 3 . '�'c8 Dl) sideline with 8 . N . . g3 dxc4 5 . ib4t Basically Black's idea is very simple: he intends to hold onto the c4-pawn for a while and so force White to waste time regaining it.

Wxc4 White regains the pawn and had the advantage in Schebler - Tolnai, Berlin 1 990. ttJc3 Wb6 Bad is 1 O . . h6? Wb l ! ttJgS. dS This was all played in Ivanchuk - Alekseev, Foros 200S . The idea looks very nice, but I fail to see any advantage after the calm: 1 3 . ib7! xdS 1 6 . ixdS exdS 1 7. ttJfS ttJd7 1 7 . . WxdS would leave White with good compensation, thanks to his strong knight on f5 . �fb 1 �fbS White may have enough compensation to secure equality, but no more than that. �c3 gb6 Another line is: 1 1 .

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