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An Expert's Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld (Current Theory And Practice Series) by Konstantin Sakaev (Author)

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An Expert's Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld (Current Theory And Practice Series) by Konstantin Sakaev (Author)

Post  ChessCaissa on Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:45 am

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In his new book GM Sakaev analyzes all major systems after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4. He also pays considerable attention to unusual, but tricky schemes as 7...0-0 8.Ne2 Qd7 and 8...Nc6. The author shows how Black could equalize when White deviates from the most testing variations, like in the case of 7...c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 and now 10.Rc1 or 10.Rb1. Of course the focus of the book is on the topical position which arises after 7...c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0.
The readers will find a detailed explanation and analysis of all reasonable continuations with Sakaev's recommendations where to look for an advantage. The author reveals some very promising novelties on the main road of his favorite variation.

Sakaev's work is oriented partially to represent the point of view of White and it is intended to help players create problems for Black in the Gruenfeld Defence. Still, it would be interesting for the players who enjoy playing the Gruenfeld Defence with Black as well.

"I can't imagine a Gruenfeld player being without this book." --IM Silman,, 6/5/2006

Product details
Series: Current Theory And Practice Series
Paperback: 428 pages
Publisher: Chess Stars; 1 edition (April 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9548782480
ISBN-13: 978-9548782487

A characteristic review by an Amazon reader:

"For strong players, this is what an opening manual should be. Thorough, thoughtful, well-organized, objective analysis, and explanation of all of the systems arising from 7 Bc4 in the Gruenfeld Exchange variation. If you are rated above 2200 and preparing a White repetoire involving 7 Bc4, or if you play the Gruenfeld with Black, you should have this book.

Good production values. The paper is thin but looks like it will stand wear well enough. The binding is very solid, which is important with the large number of pages. The typeface and diagrams are readable but not great. The English translation is solid, although awkward in spots.

Not recommended below 2000, except as a reference book to check variations. But if you plan to play the Gruenfeld as you grow stronger, then this should be on your bookshelf."


I own tens of thousands of chess books, thousands of books on chess theory and several hundred on contemporary chess openings. Having read, used and studied many of these, I can state that this book by Sakaev is one of the very best, a truly monumental volume which has since become a classic of contemporary chess opening theory.


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