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Understanding the Grunfeld [Paperback]

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The Grunfeld Defense has always been a popular choice with players who aim to counterattack with the black pieces. World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov head a distinguished cast of grandmasters who swear by its solid yet dynamic nature. In this original book Jonathan Rowson delves deeply into the Grunfeld, steering the reader through the mysteries and intricacies of this complex opening. Now you too will be able to understand, play and win the Grunfeld!

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.27" Width: 5.75" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1998
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1901983099  
ISBN13  9781901983098  

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The title says it all  Jan 7, 2004
Jonathan Rowson provides an interesting perspective of how to handle the Grunfeld defense from the Black side providing a complete and thorough repertoire against the most fashionable lines. He also gives good arguments of why some lines, that are quite fashionable, are not recomended by his. This is good because I can see the author's point of view and not an attempt to avoid creative discussion. In that sense my copy of "Understanding the Grunfeld" is full notes by me where I disagree with Mr. Rowson or where I think that there is an easier solution [I wonder if Mr. Rowson would appreciate my views on the opening and my objections...] For instance, the chapter about 4.Bf4 (Hydra) has many, many pointers that will let you survive as Black. However, in one of the variations, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Rc1, he recomends 5...Nh4. This is surprising since Rowson suggests that Rc1 by White signals Black to do dxc4 later in the book... Indeed 5...dxc4 is also acceptable according to Suetin. Still, the whole Hydra chapter book made me think about the variation as whole and to come up with a repertoire that would keep me alive if ever challenged in this important chapter of the Grunfeld and I can only thank Mr. Rowson for a recent nice win even after disagreeing with him! The Hydra chapter pays for the effort of buying the book.

The exchange variation is also covered in detail and I can only say that finally I understood the reasoning behind some obscure moves. That chapter also pays for the effort of buying the book and it is, as far as I know, the best treatment of the exchange that I have ever seen.

I am not an expert in the Grunfeld but having scored 3 wins and a draw out of 4 games after deciding to switch to this opening made me fall in love with it... Much of this is because of Mr. Rowson's book.

This is a book that I will read again and again and again...

Gem of a Book  Jul 9, 2002
I have had this book for around 3-4 years and this book is not your ordinary opening book. This book is almost more a middle game book than a typical opening book with its various plans and ideas depending on pawn structure. He also adds a certain personality to liven up the book to keep the reader interested. Even though some of the theory has changed a little I still refer to it for ideas and plans. This book is aimed at the intermediate level audience (1700+) but I think a lower rated player can learn much from it; Im around (1500). Another book of his THE SEVEN DEADLY CHESS SINS is also an excellent book and I highly recommend it even though I think its aimed a little higher than GM Rowson's first book. Understanding the Grunfeld is wrote how a opening book should be.
Unusual for me, but very good.  Jun 18, 2002
This book was a new experience for me. I am used to ECO (Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) style for the structure of an opening book. Mr.Rowson has chosen a thematic structure so it demands more work to put the stuff in a ECO style way, but the matter is well presented and explained, and the author has a tremendous sens of humour. A real good book if you wish to understand this opening system, in harmony with the quality of The Gambit Publications.
Best Grunfeld Book on the market  Apr 9, 2002
I am a LIFE-Master. I teach chess for a living. I have been playing tournamment chess since the late 60's. And the Grunfeld used to be my primary defense against the Queen's Pawn Opening. This is simply maybe the best book on the Grunfeld that is available today. Every line is covered. The analysis if of the highest quality. The writing is clear and concise and very easy to understand. You cannot go wrong getting this book. (Many good, complete and well-annotated games inside.)
Should of covered Vs. English...  Nov 29, 2001
This might be a good book if the author took the time to maybe do least 1 chapter on using Grunfeld Vs. The English opening... Thats where I use it mostly and I find it works rather well to say least... Would of been nice if he gave some lines and some games using it... Even Botvinnik 100 Selected games has least Two Grunfeld Games vs. English... As for Understanding the Grunfeld this is a good starter book... Rowson is no world champion or even close to elite player... Yet for his limited skills and attempts to waste space in the book with silly comments... About his only good comment is calling the d pawn Delroy... Other than that he isnt really creating anything that isnt already known or used... Still reading the book isnt so bad to say least... One person I know calls it the best opening book he ever read etc... Still if he cant toss some coverage of it vs. the English I really cant rate it higher than 3 stars... Also many seemed to of ranked it a bit higher than it really should be... So 3 stars isnt gonna knock it down, yet someone that reads review might think about it more... Of the books I know that exist on Grunfeld Id have to say this is the best one... Some of the humor is stupid at best and can get annoying if trying to learn something... While least one chapter name not many americans have any idea what it relates to... Id of given this a higher rating perhaps if the Price wasnt so Inflated... For what it costs it should have coverage vs. the English to even a small degree... If you took out all his stupid comments that nobody cares about and added that content this would be a superior book and maybe worth the $$$... Still if you can afford it and need a book on Grunfeld Id go with this one...

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