At any rate, if this is going to be recommended for Black, it should be examined briefly to show the ideas. I could go on and on about the many beautiful variations in repegtoire book, but the truth is that it is crammed with fantastic stuff — really too much to mention in one review. Strategies, Techniques and Surprising Ideas. The Tarrasch Defense arises after 1. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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Although the principal alternatives to the main line generally occur on move 11, various other 10th moves are played from time to time. In this chapter we shall look at: A None of them should be considered critical, but on the other hand they are not entirely lacking in ideas, and they deserve some respect and a decent investigation.

We have tried to provide both, but hopefully been more successful in the latter aspect. Contrary to popular belief, the Tarrasch is a positionally acceptable opening. It is true that in many lines Black accepts the isolated d-pawn and thus relies on a fair amount of activity, but other lines, such as this one, are more about structure than dynamics. If nothing happens for a few moves, Black will be able to start a pawn storm on the queenside and be positionally preferable. For this reason White needs to challenge the black centre rapidly, and not waste time on moves such as For Black there is no reason to hesitate; why not collect the two bishops immediately?

Obviously there is nothing wrong with A1 This reaches a favourable version of a line we shall examine in Chapter 14, dealing with 9th move alternatives the variation with 9. Here Black has gotten the useful move In general the e6square is a rather passive square for the bishop, but it usually has to go there to support the d5-pawn. However, when we are given the chance, we should choose the more active f5square, where the bishop plays an active role in the centre.

N A small refinement to existing practice. We want to target the important e4- and e5-squares before turning our eyes to the queenside. In the only game in this position in our database, Black played: This is acceptable, but a bit unnecessary.

A tactical solution, which should be borne in mind as a resource in other similar positions. After This does not look great positionally, but White is trying to justify his play up to this point. Better was the simple He can consider A2 However, White can probably maintain the balance fairly easily, with the help of a few computer moves.

It is not easy for White to find an active plan. Black has the two bishops, the better pawn structure and controls the important e4- and e5-squares.

Black may continue with either Notice that Instead Here we shall consider B1 The first of these is attractive enough, and sufficient for equality, albeit rather a complicated way to deal with a subvariation. B1 As we have said already, there is no need for This is not usually a very attractive move, but in this case we have an exception, because the rook on c1 is able to attack the c4-pawn quickly.

The alternatives are not really dangerous: 25 the simple In the latter case, moving the bishop again after White can reply with either N After This might look risky, but the time gained is very useful. Black can choose between Here are some possible lines: The only move, but good enough.

B2 Here Black can improve with simple play: Not surprisingly, after Black tries to exploit the move order. As it happens, Black equalizes very easily here. It was quite surprising to us that after At least, we could not find it. Mendez Ataria — Cranbourne, Buenos Aires Another decent move is After something along the lines of White needs to force matters: This move has an artificial feel to it.

The best way forward must be If you would rather not play this as Black, you can meet There is always a question as to what point you should stop analysing a line. We could quite feasibly stop here and say that Black is obviously fine and should look forward to the middlegame with glee. But as this is a grandmaster repertoire book, we choose to provide a more extensive investigation.

We hope that the reader understands that none of the authors of any of the Grandmaster Repertoire books expect the reader, or even themselves, to necessarily memorize all lines. Sometimes, such as here, seeing the illustrative examples is a benefit in itself. At this point Black has two pleasant looking options, We have chosen to cover the first, as it gives Black more options.

Black is in a slightly inferior situation. White also fared poorly after: There is nothing wrong with this, of course, but it was more accurate to play N right away. Black is just better. White is struggling to find a good move and the digital monster even wants to play No face cards, only threes and fours Black is doing well. And if White tries to do anything immediately, he will find himself unprepared for the tactics.

The opening is over and Black holds the better chances. His dark-squared bishop will one day become great, and White has no significant threats on the kingside to counter the long-term expansion Black is planning on the queenside, Volke — Bachmayr, Munich It is our belief that Black can equalize in various ways, but we had to choose. So we have decided to go for just two of these: D1 D1 This is the secondary option — but still worth a look.

The c4-square will come in very handy. The most testing. For example: By not harassing the queen yet, Black keeps the knight on c3 unprotected a bit longer, thereby gaining a tempo with Less precise is White should probably use his extra time to play N, when Black lacks a good reply. A very logical move, first played in Sasikiran — Kotronias, Bursa Previously the bishop had gone to the passive e6-square, where it has little to do. Kotronias correctly took advantage of the fact that d5 is no longer under attack.

Chapter 1 — Various 10th Moves If White tries N This is a slight refinement on Sasikiran — Kotronias, which is the model game for how to play this variation. Basically we think it is better to control e5 before initiating the plan with We have analysed some alternatives: After this move Black plans to play Black is at least not worse. Black has a good game, but the position is a bit static, so maybe this is not the path to follow if you desperately need to win!? D2


Grandmaster Repertoire 10 - The Tarrasch Defence by Nikolaos Ntirlis and Jacob Aagaard

Nc3 c5 and leads to dynamic play. Based on the variation 9. Bg5 c4, Ntirlis and Aagaard radically change the theoretical landscape for this classic opening, with analysis checked many times over and an ocean of new ideas. Nikolaos Ntirlis is a computer specialist and successful trainer from Greece.





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