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Avrukh’s final 1.d4 volume: 2B


Any 1.d4 players in the house? If so, you may be interested to know that I am currently editing the final volume from the Doctor of d4 himself, and our original Grandmaster Repertoire author, Boris Avrukh!

As most of you know, the original volumes 1&2 (published in 2008 & 2010 respectively – how time flies…) have been revamped into the newer and upgraded volumes: 1A The Catalan, 1B The Queen’s Gambit, 2A King’s Indian & Grünfeld and finally volume 2B will complete the series. This final volume is subtitled “Dynamic Systems” (though I want to rename it “Dynamic Defences” – any opinions?) and will cover the Dutch, various Benoni systems not already covered in the series, the Benko & Budapest Gambits, and anything else which did not feature in the previous volumes.

So far, I am impressed by the vast number of improvements Avrukh has made over his previous work. This is not the time to give away any big novelties, but I can tell you there’s a useful change of direction in an important Dutch line, which I was able to use to good effect in a recent tournament game. I was also surprised when I started working on the Benko Gambit chapters and saw that the Fianchetto (which I have never been a great fan of against the Benko) has been replaced by the traditional main line of 6.Nc3 followed by e2-e4, Kxf1 and so on. After a panic-stricken few minutes of scouring the previous volumes for unwanted Fianchetto Benko transpositions (of which there are none, thankfully!), I am convinced that this is another excellent change.

To sum up, if you are a fan of Avrukh’s existing 1.d4 works, you will love this one too. With that being said, I will get back to editing it…

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  1. JB
    November 23rd, 2018 at 13:48 | #1

    Aha, now we know Andrew that the so called editing work is all a ruse to pilfer the top novelties for your own personal use.
    As long as you leave a few Avrukh bombshells for the rest of us I’ll be happy. Also in agreement on taking on the main line in the benko almost on principle…
    Any timeframe when we’ll see it?

  2. James2
    November 23rd, 2018 at 14:27 | #2

    No fianchetto against the Benko is good news. I wonder if it will be the mainline with 12 a4?


  3. James2
    November 23rd, 2018 at 15:53 | #3

    On the title, I think ‘Dynamic Defences’ sound better than systems too.

    James 2

  4. Puppy luvr
    November 23rd, 2018 at 16:15 | #4

    I am super curious to see what he offers against the Dutch! His old 6.b3 was kind of soft. Slightly unrelated but any news on forthcoming Negi e4 books?

  5. RYV
    November 23rd, 2018 at 16:46 | #5

    Always difficult to find the correct title.

    I dont think all in this volume are “dynamic defences”, and there is also dynamic defences in the previous volumes so i think itis not well adapted.
    By references to volume 1A, 1B & 2A i will prefer a generic like “d4. Other defences” and eventualy add ” (Dutch, Benko gambit, Budapest gambit & marginal lines)”

  6. Christoph
    November 23rd, 2018 at 19:18 | #6

    One question regarding Avrukh’s books: Will you also do (in some future) an updated version of his Grünfeld books? I really like them and would very much appreciate that.

  7. Andrew Brett
    November 24th, 2018 at 11:26 | #7

    That’s excellent news. Any rough idea of when you think this will get published?

  8. Hysan Wong
    November 24th, 2018 at 18:49 | #8

    Love to see it though I am still on Chapter 3 of 2A!

  9. Jacob Aagaard
    November 24th, 2018 at 21:46 | #9

    There is no such plan and doubt there will be.

  10. Alex
    November 25th, 2018 at 00:58 | #10

    Looking forward to this!

    Although, I usually like having the same structures as in the previous books just so I can further refine my experience in those lines while benefiting from subtle improvements. For example, I still use e3 in the QGA lines because I don’t like the position after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 dxc4 4.e4 b5.

    Also, players tend to be less familiar with something like the fianchetto Benko and there’s benefit from practicing similar structures. Of course, I’m sure there must be a good reason for the change in lines and it’ll probably be better once I get used to it. I’ve been happy with all my purchases from QC so far.

  11. Franck steenbekkers
    November 25th, 2018 at 12:22 | #11

    Will the book be published for x mas

  12. Paul H
    November 25th, 2018 at 12:32 | #12

    @Franck steenbekkers
    2018 or 2019?

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    November 25th, 2018 at 12:55 | #13

    The ambitious plan is for Andrew to not leave the office and for us to send it to the printer just before Christmas.

  14. November 25th, 2018 at 13:10 | #14

    Thank you for good news!

  15. Franck steenbekkers
    November 25th, 2018 at 15:35 | #15

    With some luck published end of januar

  16. Ray
    November 25th, 2018 at 15:58 | #16

    Great, looking forward to this one! Even if I don’t play 1.d4 anymore, it still is interesting to see what Avrukh recommends against the Leningrad Dutch 🙂 .

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    November 26th, 2018 at 08:11 | #17

    @Franck steenbekkers
    Yes, with luck. Without in February.

  18. Tobias
    November 26th, 2018 at 22:50 | #18

    Get. Into. The Dungeon. NOW!
    … and someone please throw the keys away afterwards! Just make sure that Andrew can get access to food and sanitaries somehow.

    Serious question: Will there be some guidelines about the triangle system? I.e., 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 – I find 4. g3 dxc4 not satisfactory here, and transitioning to a Semi-Slav is not what I want either.

  19. Davide
    November 27th, 2018 at 00:27 | #19


    Tobias :
    Get. Into. The Dungeon. NOW!
    … and someone please throw the keys away afterwards! Just make sure that Andrew can get access to food and sanitaries somehow.

    Serious question: Will there be some guidelines about the triangle system? I.e., 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 – I find 4. g3 dxc4 not satisfactory here, and transitioning to a Semi-Slav is not what I want either.

    The main alternative to 4.e3 and 4.g3 and the move that is probably the most suitable for you is 4.Qc2 with the idea of playing 5.g3

  20. Ray
    November 27th, 2018 at 08:16 | #20

    Wasn’t this already covered in volume 1B on the Slav? I thought Avrukh’s recommendation was 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.e3, followed by an early b2-b3. And of course he also treats the Stonewall.

  21. Andrew Greet
    November 27th, 2018 at 09:54 | #21

    That is correct. Chapters 10 and 11 of GM 1B deal with exactly these set-ups.

  22. Andrew Greet
    November 27th, 2018 at 09:56 | #22

    I should add, just for the benefit of anyone not familiar with the contents of each book, that volume 1B covers not only the Slav, but also the QGA, Chigorin, Albin and any other minor Queen’s Gambit lines. (But not the QGD, as this leads to the Catalan as covered in volume 1A.)

  23. Reyk
    November 27th, 2018 at 20:37 | #23

    Ray :
    Wasn’t this already covered in volume 1B on the Slav? I thought Avrukh’s recommendation was 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.e3, followed by an early b2-b3. And of course he also treats the Stonewall.

    Andrew Greet :
    That is correct. Chapters 10 and 11 of GM 1B deal with exactly these set-ups.

    Btw, I’ve missed it too, when searching for it in 1A. I know there is basically 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 there, but looking for it in the Catalan section when so many transpositions back to Catalan are possible is quite natural imho – especiallay as you could reach it via 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 and not slav move order exclusively.
    Ntirlis’ and Lokanders books on 1.e4 e5 are so great because they have a lot of guidance and also a lot of explanations why certain lines have _not_ been choosen. Avrukhs books have the latter mainly only referring to his old books GM1 and GM2.

    conitnued in follow up post …

  24. Reyk
    November 27th, 2018 at 20:37 | #24

    part two:
    It would have been perfectly fine imho to write something at the very beginning of GM 1A about a triangle move order and why Avrukh does not prefer g3 there with a hint to look for it at a slav move order in 1B. Game could start 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 of course – and that particular move order is just not covered by Avrukh as far as I can see. In fact, I think it happens a lot with triangle players just to avoid the exchange slave.

    You have to work out on your own that you do not play 3.g3 here (a move played by Giri and others) here (as recommended after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6), but 3.Nf3 to stay consistend with the overall repertoire. Otherwise play might continue 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c6 4.Nf3 d;c and by delaying Nf6 you are out of Avrukh’s books (but still very much in the spirit of the Catalan).

    Now handling the 4 volumes is already quite tricky. For Tarrasch for instance you have to look at GM 1A _and_ GM 1B, for Benoni at GM 1A and 2B and so on. I would love to have some overview how to handle all four books in 2B (where to find what, transpositions etc.) – now that 2B is ready for completion.

  25. RYV
    November 27th, 2018 at 20:52 | #25

    with Q pawn opening there are a lot of possible transpositions . As you says, move order is a major issue if we want to keep consistency within our repertoire. It would be of great utility to have chapters making clear the move order problem in each book…. Even if i know that there is no universal solution ( except KI set-up) and that there is Always one move order that we want to avoid.

  26. Jakob Dwellinger
    November 28th, 2018 at 06:56 | #26

    I totaly fell in love with Quality Chess books 🙂 particularly the GM series.
    Since lots of older books currently receive a rework, I was wondering if there is any chance that we might see a rework of the following titles:

    GM Repertoire 3, 4, 5 on the English Opening by GM Marin
    GM Repertoire 10 on the Tarrasch Defence by GM Aagaard

    🙂 Also, I wanted to ask if there are any plans on Grandmaster-Repertoiring the books by GM Marin on the Open Games and Ruy Lopez as well as individual projects on publishing a GM series on the Petroff, QGD (with the risk of completely killing the game), the Ruy Lopez/Open Games as well as a response to 1.c4 🙂

    I’m really looking forward reading your answers! 😀 Thank you for all the effort that the QC-team puts into these books!


  27. Andrew Greet
    November 28th, 2018 at 10:42 | #27

    Nikos (not to mention his editor) indeed did a fine job of explaining ideas and move-order choices. One can always think of ways to add to opening books (strategic explanations, full illustrative games and so on), but each author has his own style and Avrukh’s strength has always been quality of analysis. As for the move order in GM 1A, it’s true that he doesn’t explicitly state how to enter the Catalan after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6; and speaking as the editor, this did not (and still does not) strike me as something that was necessary, for a few reasons:
    Firstly, I am sure that most people who bought GM 1A already had the original GM 1, in which case they should know he favours 3.Nf3.
    And secondly, even if a reader had never read GM 1 and was building a 1.d4 repertoire from scratch, they would still have had to find their own ideas against the Triangle, Slav and all other defences in the meantime.

  28. Andrew Greet
    November 28th, 2018 at 10:54 | #28

    To both Reyk and RVY, regarding the idea of some kind of ‘super index’ in the final volume – I take your point that this could be useful, but the book is already shaping up to be larger than expected so we probably won’t have space for anything extra. I try to be as helpful as possible when pointing out transpositions during editing; for instance, instead of merely saying “this is covered in Volume X”, I usually include a chapter and sometimes an exact page number, so I hope this makes things at least a bit easier.

  29. John Shaw
    November 28th, 2018 at 12:25 | #29

    @Jakob Dwellinger

    Hi Jakob,
    Thanks for your comments.

    We do not plan to re-work GM Repertoires 3,4,5 or 10. On the English Opening, I would rather have a new original book rather than re-working an old one. And the same is true in general.

    On the Open Games and QGD, Nikos did a fine job in his ‘Playing 1.e4 e5’ and ‘Playing 1.d4 d5’ books. Not GM Repertoires I know, but still fine repertoires.

    Sorry it’s all “no” so far. We may well have new books one day on some of the openings you mention, but nothing I can announce now.

    Though we do already have a GM Repertoire reply to 1.c4 included in ‘GM Repertoire 19: Beating Minor Openings’ by Victor Mikhalevski, who is a superb analyst. Victor’s repertoires tend to hold up excellently for years (with the Open Spanish as another example).

  30. Jacob Aagaard
    November 28th, 2018 at 14:00 | #30

    @Jakob Dwellinger
    Nikos made some updates for GM10 when it went to Forward Chess. I think some of them will be in our free PGN, but I am not certain.

  31. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    November 29th, 2018 at 05:00 | #31

    “Super Index” sounds pretty useful.

    One of the first things I do with an openings book is mouse the index of variations into a pgn. It is not much effort. I don’t have the Avrukh books, but maybe someone who has all of them would be willing to do this super step. And maybe Quality Chess would be willing to host an edited version of this file. Not to give away any significant content, but just to point the way through the thicket of transpositions. Cutting off arbitrarily at move 5 or move 7 (or judge on a per chapter basis) could be a reasonable compromise.

    Actually something like this would make a great freebie on Forward Chess. 0.05% of the book for free might just sell the other 99.95%. It’s certainly worth an experiment, and see how the cost/benefit plays out.

  32. Tobias
    November 30th, 2018 at 21:29 | #32

    I agree, the super-index would be a great service and I strongly doubt that it would reduce # of units sold.
    Thanks for all the clarifications on the Triangle, by the way.

  33. Paul H
    December 8th, 2018 at 11:03 | #33

    For those who are interested the forward chess webpage has 1A on the Catalan on sale today (today only) as part of their Dec promotion for $9.99 (plus vat if you are in Europe).

  34. TD
    December 8th, 2018 at 13:19 | #34

    Is the Modern Bogo (1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+) mentioned in this book? I can’t find it in the first series and in 1A.

  35. TD
    December 12th, 2018 at 10:03 | #35


  36. Andrew Greet
    December 12th, 2018 at 10:28 | #36

    It will be included in the final volume 2B. Indeed, it was one of the bigger omissions which we overlooked in the original GM 2, so we made sure to remind Boris about it at an early stage.

  37. TD
    December 12th, 2018 at 11:18 | #37

    Thanks Andrew!

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