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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on the Benko Gambit chapters and saw that the Fianchetto (which I have never been a great fan of against the Benko) has been replaced by the traditional main line of 6.Nc3 followed by e2-e4, Kxf1 and so on.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!

  38. Davide
    December 18th, 2018 at 12:43 | #38

    No trasposition in the benko? What about 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 c5? If white plays 6.d5 d6 it is highly likely to transpose into a benko for example Nf3 b5. Also against 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 c5 white can’t play 7.d5 if he wants to avoid the tansposition. Does it mean this book will cover 7.0-0 ignoring c5 and transposing in some sort of of simmetric English?

  39. Davide
    December 18th, 2018 at 12:48 | #39

    Or can White always avoid transposition by playing a4 against a6?

  40. middlewave
    December 18th, 2018 at 14:00 | #40

    In fact, in all these cases White can simply reply to …b5 with Nxb5; with the knight on c3 it is an entirely different position…

  41. Andrew Greet
    December 18th, 2018 at 14:19 | #41

    Indeed, after Nxb5 I am not convinced by Black’s ‘Benko-style’ compensation along the b-file.

    Black can try …c5 on move 3 or 4, since d4-d5 can be met by …b5, with a better version of what Davide suggested. But Boris already considered this plan, and recommended dxc5 against it in GM 2A – so once again, there’s no Benko transposition.

  42. pete
    February 5th, 2019 at 11:45 | #42

    how much longer?????

    • Jacob Aagaard
      February 5th, 2019 at 14:11 | #43

      Less than two weeks till it goes to print and then another 3-4 weeks.

  43. Phil Collins
    February 5th, 2019 at 16:32 | #44

    Maybe Avrukh should write a new GM-Rep: Opening for White according to Kramnik!

  44. February 5th, 2019 at 17:49 | #45

    Phil Collins :Maybe Avrukh should write a new GM-Rep: Opening for White according to Kramnik!

    I think GM Khalifman has already done that on two occasions……a little dated now but still good reading.

  45. Thomas
    February 5th, 2019 at 17:59 | #46

    Michael :
    I think GM Khalifman has already done that

    Then maybe Avrukh could take Anand instead.

  46. Matthew
    February 5th, 2019 at 21:39 | #47


    Khalifman already did that as well – 11 or 12 volumes of 1.e4 according to Anand, if I remember correctly

  47. The Doctor
    February 5th, 2019 at 21:40 | #48

    He’s done that too 🤣

  48. Seth
    February 5th, 2019 at 22:55 | #49

    Forget Kramnik (with all due respect, of course). How about “A Black Opening Repertoire According to Timur Gareyev”?

    That might entail a health risk to the author, however, so maybe it’s not such a great idea.

  49. Thomas
    February 6th, 2019 at 07:54 | #50

    The Doctor :
    He’s done that too

    Ok, then take another grandmaster. Karpov maybe.

  50. The Doctor
    February 6th, 2019 at 08:31 | #51

    Seth :
    Forget Kramnik (with all due respect, of course). How about “A Black Opening Repertoire According to Timur Gareyev”?
    That might entail a health risk to the author, however, so maybe it’s not such a great idea.

    What openings does he play?

  51. February 6th, 2019 at 15:16 | #52


    Again wrong pick 😀 Khalifman also wrote a book “Opening for Black According to Karpov” in the early 2000s

  52. Thomas
    February 6th, 2019 at 15:22 | #53

    Ok, I give up and opt for something completely different: A repertoire based on Ulf Andersson’s games.

  53. The Doctor
    February 6th, 2019 at 15:51 | #54

    Thomas :
    Ok, I give up and opt for something completely different: A repertoire based on Ulf Andersson’s games.

    New in Chess did that about a year ago 🤣

  54. Tim S
    February 6th, 2019 at 15:52 | #55

    You’d be safer picking a non-elite GM. Someone like Aleksander Wojtkiewicz for example.

  55. Ray
    February 6th, 2019 at 15:52 | #56

    For black or for white?

  56. TD
    February 6th, 2019 at 16:00 | #57

    Both! Wojo wins!

  57. February 6th, 2019 at 16:09 | #58

    Tim S :
    You’d be safer picking a non-elite GM. Someone like Aleksander Wojtkiewicz for example.

    There is a 3 volume series called ‘Wojo’s Weapons’ based on Wojtkiewicz repertoire with White 😛

  58. Cowe
    February 6th, 2019 at 17:19 | #59

    Thomas :
    Ok, I give up and opt for something completely different: A repertoire based on Ulf Andersson’s games.

    Working title: 60 memorable draws

  59. February 7th, 2019 at 07:22 | #60

    I have all of Boris Avrukhs books and they are the very best
    I am eagerly waiting for this one to complete my repertoire

  60. Bulkington
    February 7th, 2019 at 10:33 | #61

    I am a Leningrad player. Any delay is highly appreciated.

  61. Ray
    February 7th, 2019 at 17:26 | #62

    The ideal scenario imo is to quickly publish Avrukh 2B, followed shortly after by Marin’s book on the Leningrad, in which he repairs Avrukh’s novelties.

  62. Thomas
    February 8th, 2019 at 09:49 | #63

    Cowe :
    Working title: 60 memorable draws

    That book is by Anish Giri, foreword by Peter Leko

  63. James2
    February 14th, 2019 at 15:25 | #64

    Possibly a pdf extract available tomorrow night before close of play?

    Thank you,


  64. Andrew Greet
    February 14th, 2019 at 16:05 | #65
  65. Leon Trotsky
    February 15th, 2019 at 22:56 | #66

    A “Play the Grünfeld” Grandmaster Guide book would be interesting. Eight years since GM11/12 and would be nice to have fianchetto with …Cxd5 instead of …c6/d5 😀

  66. Frank
    February 16th, 2019 at 18:02 | #67

    Well, the books of Avrukh are really good of course, no doubt about it. A good extension might be Peter Svidler’s Grünfeld course on chess24.@Leon Trotsky

  67. Jacob Aagaard
    February 17th, 2019 at 16:47 | #68

    @Leon Trotsky
    We have a guide book coming on the Grunfeld. Your instinct is right. But it is still some time off.

  68. Mark
    February 17th, 2019 at 20:52 | #69

    What is the reason of such a delay if I may ask?

  69. Pawn Dillinger
    February 18th, 2019 at 11:51 | #70

    I’ve been out of the loop for nearly a year. I understand the Najdorf is a “long-term project” (as in whenever). But with Negi going for a Ph.D. at MIT are the final two volumes of 1 e4 now history? If not, what are the plans? Sorry for asking you to retread the same old questions, but I have an interest in obtaining these final three volumes before I die. My repertoire would be complete. Thanks.

  70. Jacob Aagaard
    February 18th, 2019 at 21:13 | #71

    @Pawn Dillinger
    The fifth volume will be out in the spring, I think.

  71. Jacob Aagaard
    February 18th, 2019 at 21:14 | #72

    With the Avrukh book. Proper editing and checking missing lines and updates. The usual stuff. And a bit of winter illness :-(. I hope we are going to print this week…

  72. Franck steenbekkers
    February 18th, 2019 at 21:56 | #73

    Who is the writer of the gi guide book?
    What negi book Will be published first

  73. Thomas
    February 19th, 2019 at 07:12 | #74

    The fifth volume will be out in the spring, I think.


  74. middlewave
    February 19th, 2019 at 09:16 | #75

    @Jacob Aagaard
    This forum should have a “like” button 🙂

  75. Jacob Aagaard
    February 19th, 2019 at 11:26 | #76

    @Franck steenbekkers
    A young dynamic guy who likes openings. More later.

    Minor lines on Negi.

  76. JB
    February 19th, 2019 at 16:45 | #77

    Thomas :

    The fifth volume will be out in the spring, I think.


    Thomas you forgot to ask which Spring.
    I’m presuming 2019 Northern Hemisphere but who knows-Spring in Scotland officially ends June 21st if you want to plan the tickertape parade though personally its Negi 6 which is the biggie for me so I’m keeping my powder dry

  77. Michael
    February 20th, 2019 at 04:56 | #78

    @Jacob Aagaard

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, what progress on the Taimanov Sicilian?

  78. Paul
    February 20th, 2019 at 10:39 | #79

    Would be curious about this as well… Also having a look into an excerpt would be great😉

  79. Andrew Greet
    February 20th, 2019 at 10:46 | #80

    We are making steady progress but we are not ready to announce a date. The excerpt only comes when we have a finished file which is ready to printing, so clearly we are not yet at that stage.

  80. Jacob Aagaard
    February 21st, 2019 at 10:01 | #81

    Negi 5 is minor lines. I think June at the latest, but my track record is…

    Taimanov, we are talking April probably.

    2B will be in March with the Kotov book, which has been sent off to print.

    No excerpts until Colin returns.

    At QC I looked around the other guys one editorial and realised we all had grey beards…

  81. James2
    February 21st, 2019 at 10:44 | #82

    If you all shave them off then nobody will have a grey beard! (And you might look vibrant and youthful, which is not to say you don’t at the moment………


  82. Andrew Greet
    February 21st, 2019 at 11:49 | #83

    Jacob is being modest as he doesn’t seem to have many greys, whereas I’m unmistakably “salt and pepper”. John and Colin are the same, but without the pepper. 😉

  83. Cowe
    February 22nd, 2019 at 08:31 | #84

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Shaw always had a grey beard to begin with. Time to hire Gandalf the White?

  84. Bizoufatal
    February 22nd, 2019 at 13:39 | #85

    I really would like to see a repertoire GM book on the Kan sicilian. I don’t remember a good book on that subject since many years.With Smirin as writer of course … 😉

    • Jacob Aagaard
      February 22nd, 2019 at 19:06 | #86

      Hellsten’s book was OK I thought

  85. Jacob Aagaard
    February 22nd, 2019 at 18:48 | #87

    With me it is only the beard. And when I met John he was 27 and had a black beard…

  86. Leon Trotsky
    February 23rd, 2019 at 00:05 | #88

    I remember last Grünfeld book with taking on d5 with knight against Fianchetto Variation was 2011, most offer …c6/d5 which is solid and good. But the knight takes is spicier, would be nice to see that in Grandmaster Guide Grünfeld 😀

  87. February 23rd, 2019 at 00:05 | #89

    Jacob Aagaard :
    With me it is only the beard. And when I met John he was 27 and had a black beard…

    You have black hair and grey beard ¿ 😀

  88. Thomas
    February 23rd, 2019 at 05:55 | #90

    Jacob Aagaard :
    And when I met John he was 27 and had a black beard…

    Then he started writing his book on the King’s Gambit…..

  89. Bizoufatal
    February 23rd, 2019 at 14:28 | #91

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Yes it was. But it was also published in 2008…

  90. Jaroslaw Krassowizkij
    April 13th, 2019 at 12:21 | #92

    Just finished studying Avrukh 1.d4 Series. I can commend the author to indeed having fixed the Major issues found in the last 10 years against his prior suggestions. Though I have 2 Points I would like to Mention:
    1.Is it possible to add an update with the 9. … Re8 10.Bf4 Bf5 in the Benoni? 10. … Bf5 existed prior to 2016, so it is sad it was not even mentioned.
    2.Move order issue. One of the big changes was that Avrukh tackles Benko with the mainlines (where he did a great work tbh). Due to this, since he plays Benko without g3, he added dxc5 instead of d5 in KID moveorders [e.g. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c5 5.dxc5!?].
    But in his new book 2B (see Chapter 8) he shows 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nf3 continuing with the Coverage of 3. … f5. But should black Play 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 (as we Play regular KID) c6, which results in the wrong Grünfeld line. Shouldn’t it be 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.g3 instead?
    I know it is a very minor nitpick, since to ‘abuse’ it black has to be ready to play several different Openings, but hypothetical we are speaking about a GM Repertoire so I guess I am entitled to it 🙂
    Ps: Big Fan of QC <3

  91. Ivica
    May 20th, 2019 at 10:09 | #93

    @Jaroslaw Krassowizkij

    My second attempt to post this.
    Another problem with Avrukh’s move order in book 2B, Ch8 is Benko:
    1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nf3 Nf6 (missing in Avrukh, as you pointed out.) 4.g3 (what else? ) 4…c5. Now 5.d5 b5 leads to g3 Benko, while playing in the style of “Benko Attempt” chapter with 5.dxc5 is probably not so good because of 5…Qa5+, since our knight is already on f3. Other (and probably best) options on move five are 5.Nc3 or 5.Bg2, but this takes us far away from Avrukh’s book.

    Your approach with 3.g3 helps with the Grunfeld, but what to do after:
    1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.g3 c5. Again 4.d5 b5 is the g3 Benko we want to avoid, while 4.dxc5 is not good because long black diagonal is open (compared to “Benko Attempt” chapter, black knight is not on f6). Probably best is 4.Nf3 transposing to the main lines of English, but that is a different story

  92. Andrew Greet
    May 21st, 2019 at 11:19 | #94

    Thanks Jaroslaw and Ivica for pointing out these minor move-order issues. Although Avrukh provides excellent coverage against the KID, Benoni/Benko, Modern and Leningrad Dutch, it’s clearly a difficult task to come up with a move order against 1…g6 and 2…Bg7 which anticipates every possible system that Black may convert to, while maintaining full compatibility with each of his recommendations against all the main defences.

    Here’s how I would approach the position after 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7. Either you play 3.Nf3 as Avrukh suggests, or 3.g3. Each one will maintain compatibility with the repertoire against certain defences, but could get ‘move-ordered’ against others. Think about what your priorities are, and find a back-up line which you would be able to play in the rare instances where someone uses one of these tricky move orders against you. Take into account the repertoire of your opponent as well, when considering which opening they are more likely to transpose into. There is no magic solution that I can think of, so you just need to find a suitable compromise somewhere which works best for you.

  93. Benjamin Fitch
    May 22nd, 2019 at 00:03 | #95

    There’s also simply 1.d4 g6 2.e4. (Lots of repertoire books to help from there.) Black might even be counting on you being “a 1.d4 player who wouldn’t do that”. I’m guessing that even if you go on to block your c-pawn with a knight, you won’t be punished as a 1.d4 heretic in the hereafter (or in the game).

  94. Andrew Greet
    May 22nd, 2019 at 09:17 | #96

    @Benjamin Fitch
    Sure, if you are comfortable with this then it’s another possible idea. Although these move-order issues present a challenge, things are also not so simple for Black. For instance, if Black happens to be a Benko enthusiast who gets the bright idea of starting with 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 in order to ‘trick’ the Avrukh follower into one of the delayed …c5 lines, he will also have to be ready to play a main-line King’s Indian or Modern Defence, which demands a lot of work from him. So it’s useful for White to have some sort of back-up line ready, but also take into account the opponent and what type of game they are likely aiming for.

  95. May 23rd, 2019 at 06:53 | #97

    I am looking forward to a hard cover edition – hopefully there will be one?

  96. Andrew Greet
    May 23rd, 2019 at 09:57 | #98

    It’s right here: http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/1/337/grandmaster_repertoire_2b_-_dynamic_systems_by_boris_avrukh/
    You can select paperback or hardcover. Most major chess shops should have hardcovers as well.

  97. Jacob Aagaard
    May 23rd, 2019 at 23:59 | #99

    Andrew, that Benko attempt, is that working after 5.Bg2!?. Optically I like White there.

  98. Ivica
    May 24th, 2019 at 10:15 | #100

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I also like White, but we are now almost in one of the main lines of English, if you meant:
    1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2!?
    Actually, the game can easily transpose to what Marin calls Closed System in GM Repertoire 5.
    E.g. 5…cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nc3 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 and we are in Chapter 7 of Marin.
    Of course, there are some details White will have to take into account. For example, if we do not like Black playing possible 7…d5, we should play 7.Nc3 and castle later.

  99. middlewave
    May 24th, 2019 at 11:28 | #101

    I think Jacob was referring to 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.g3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.Bg2.
    Yes, the line you mention is a well-known theoretical line (and an early …Qc7 too), so I assume he probably would go a bit further on that than “optically like White” 🙂

  100. Jacob Aagaard
    May 24th, 2019 at 12:26 | #102

    Middlewave was right, but the line indicated by Ivica has always bothered me with Black.

  101. middlewave
    May 24th, 2019 at 13:17 | #103

    Understandable; but the top players usually go for a quick ..Qc7 anyway, and that has proved to be more of a stumbling block for White in general…

  102. Gunnar Berg Hanssen
    May 25th, 2019 at 18:28 | #104

    This seems like a suitable moment to draw attention to a funny game of mine, played a long time ago. Not without mistakes but certainly entertaining, as only chess can be.
    Why this game may belong on these pages is because of Boris Avrukh’s excellent work 1.d4 Dynamic Systems. It all starts on page 541. We are talking about 1.d4 b5 2.e4 a6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3 Nf6. All this happened in the famous game Karpov-Miles, Skara 1980. Then World champion Karpov played 5.Qe2, and a tense battle followed, leading to victory for the great Anthony Miles. Instead of Karpov’s 5.Qe2, Boris Avrukh recommends 5.e5 in the book 1.d4 Dynamic Systems, 2B. And that’s what I played back in 1985 as White against the Norwegian master Stein Jensen! The whole game is to be found in Norsk Sjakkblad issue 1, 1986, p. 28, http://www.sjakk.no/filarkiv/nsf/norsk_sjakkblad/arkiv/nsb%201986-1.pdf
    In Avrukh’s book he followed my game against Stein Jensen for a few more moves. After 5.e5 Nd5 6.Ng5 Nb4 7.Bxh7 Rxh7 8.Nxh7, Boris Avrukh gives 8…Be4N. However, it’s not a N, but was played against me back in 1985 by Mr. Jensen.
    As recommended by Avrukh, I played 9.Ng5, and the game of mine, and Avrukh’s analysis as well, continue with 9…Nxc2 10.Kf1 Bg6 11.h4 Nxa1 12.h5 Bxb1 13.Qf3 Bxa2 14.d5. Finally, my game and Avrukh’s analysis split. My opponent played 14…Bxd5 and the game concluded with the moves 15.Qxd5 e6 16.Qf3 Qe7 17.Qxa8 Qd8 18.Qf3 Qe7 19.Nxf7 Qxe7 20.Qa8 Bc5 21.Qxb8 1-0. Avrukh only mentions 14…

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