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On the first book I worked as an editor only, while with the second book I wrote it together with Esben Lund now a strong IM with a GM-norm in his pouch. We focused on the Tarrasch Defence for Black, with additional systems against the Reti, London and so on.
I had the thankless task of trying to make This is the main reason why I decided to offer my services to Nikolaos Ntirlis referred to as Nikos in the rest of the book ; I wanted to do better than first time around. This we have done. Nikos at some point said that we had moved the theory on the Tarrasch a few years forward, which is a very kind thing to say, as it is essentially he who has done this. Our working relationship on this book has been one of the ideas man and his editor.
Nikos started out with lots of ideas everywhere based on a massive amount of research and sheer hard work , while I analysed everything carefully, checked if any games unknown to Nikos were available, and then wrote and rewrote every sentence of the book.
We met up only briefly in Glasgow in February and are together in Greece in November , at the time this book is being printed. However our work has been truly co-authored and not split as with my previous experience with the Tarrasch. It was definitely more social the first time around, but I think the reader will be happier with the result of the less social and more analytical approach taken this time around.
It has been seven years since I last wrote an opening book, and I have never had an opening book published by Quality Chess. Not only is this the start of the third part of my career as a chess writer, the first being working for Everyman and the second being essentially the Attacking Manuals and the spin-off prequel Practical Chess Defence, it is hopefully also the beginning of a close working relationship with Nikos.
We have planned a number of things to work on together in the future and I look forward to it a lot. I think this is a good book on a good opening and I hope you will enjoy it. Jacob Aagaard Halkidiki, Greece November Variation Index 1. The big move here is of course 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. For Black there is no reason to hesitate; why not collect the two bishops immediately? Obviously there is nothing wrong with At this point White has the choice between A1 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 Chapter 1 — Various 10th Moves This makes a bit more sense than 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:. In the latter case, moving the bishop again after White can reply with either N After Here are some possible lines: The only move, but good enough. Aiming for the second rank. 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 With the threat 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: Mrva — Mozny, Slovakia , continued with the natural 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 Chapter 1 — Various 10th Moves Black is doing well.
And if White tries to do anything immediately, he will find himself unprepared for the tactics. Keeping an eye on f6 and other important squares along the sixth rank; and also freeing c8 for the bishop — just in case. 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
Grandmaster Repertoire 10: The Tarrasch Defence
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Grandmaster Repertoire 10 - The Tarrasch Defence by Nikolaos Ntirlis and Jacob Aagaard
On the first book I worked as an editor only, while with the second book I wrote it together with Esben Lund now a strong IM with a GM-norm in his pouch. We focused on the Tarrasch Defence for Black, with additional systems against the Reti, London and so on. I had the thankless task of trying to make This is the main reason why I decided to offer my services to Nikolaos Ntirlis referred to as Nikos in the rest of the book ; I wanted to do better than first time around. This we have done.