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Post  ChessCaissa on Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:26 am

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The Grünfeld is an exciting and dynamic answer to 1 d4, and has become very popular at all levels of chess. A major reason for this is that it has been a long-time favourite of the World's strongest-ever chess player, Garry Kasparov, who used it many times in his numerous World Championship battles. In Play the Grünfeld, Yelena Dembo produces a comprehensive and yet workable repertoire for Black, offering a solution against each of White's tries

Yelena Dembo is a renowned chess coach, who has taught students from over 30 countries.

Some reactions by readers:

"This 2007 volume on the important Grünfeld Defense (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5) to the Queen's Pawn opening by Women's world champion candidate (2012) Yelena Dembo is still relevant and most useful as a sort of battlefield introduction for A-class players and above who need useful information quickly.

This book's 192 print pages are not exhaustive; the most weighty reference, two volumes running over 900 pages, by Konstantin Sakaev, is now out of date and out of print. Dembo points to the deeply studied nature of the opening, played frequently at grandmaster level for nearly 100 years (and for much of that time, more popular than the King's Indian) for her choice in eschewing a "general concepts" approach and instead presenting a variation tree, by which she means, mostly, a tree of her recommended variations. The variation tree presented in Dembo's book is pruned of many branches; Dembo's pet lines are given the prominent, often exclusive place. The broadest coverage is of the Exchange Variation with Rb1. The coverage of White's evasion 3. f3, for example, is exclusively sideline.

Nonetheless, this is an enormously helpful book for advanced chessplayers who "know about" the Grünfeld without really knowing it in depth. The directions one must pursue for further research (easy enough to do on any of the chess games database websites) are readily apparent after a careful reading. I spent about 80 hours working through most or all the variations presented. The primary benefit of that study was indeed and after all an enriched "general concepts" awareness."

"This is a great book, It covers everything that you need to know to play
the Grunfeld with confidence. I did not like to playing against Queen
pawn openings until I found the Grunfeld. It leads to very sharp aggressive play, I really liked the tree format for the variations instead of complete games, was much easier to memorize and understand.

I almost didn't buy this book because I saw a review that said it is to advanced for the intermediate player, but I had no problems. Great book highly recommended along with "Understanding the Grunfeld" by Rowson. These two books are a great place to start, And still advanced enough for the more seasoned player."


Play The Grunfeld by IM Yelena Dembo aims to provide those wishing to learn this dynamic defense a repertoire against all White systems from the Exchange to the Fianchetto variations. Since larger books have been written on just 8.Rb1 in the Exchange variation it should come as no surprise that Dembo, bronze medalist in the 2005 European Women’s Championship, has had to make some tough choices to conserve space.

One way she has accomplished this is by her selection of 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 – a rare line used successfully by Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Svidler that has a fraction of the theory that exists after 10…Qc7 or 10…Bg4. Just in case the reader feels uncomfortable, Dembo offers the solid 10…Bd7 as a backup. Offering two variations for Black against a White line is not something that Dembo does often. Much more typical is her treatment of the Fianchetto variation where she zeroes in on the most important, testing and economical sequence – 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nb6! and Black delays castling to follow up with 7…Nc6. By adopting this move order Black forces White to play an early e3, sidestepping dangerous lines with d5 that can occur when the second player castles early.

Dembo organizes her material well and has chosen variations that allow Black to aim for more than just equalizing. She offers a good mixture of theory and explanatory prose that makes Play The Grunfeld quite readable. This book should be quite useful for players 2000 on up.



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