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The Queen's Gambit & Catalan for Black

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-03-01
  • Publisher: Gambit
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This volume, the first by Lasha Janjgava, provides chess-players with a reliable defense against one of the most popular chess openings, the Queen's Pawn Opening. Rather than the risky option of going all-out for counterplay, the grandmaster recommends that Black adopt a more solid, classical approach, and first carefully neutralize White's initiative. By defending the Queen's Gambit Declined, Black puts a firm road-block in the way of White's ambitions. If, as often happens when faced by a sturdy defense, White becomes careless or impatient, Black is ready to break out and seize the initiative. Janjgava also shows how White's more hypermodern Catalan treatment can be met with the same strategy, and explains how, once Black has equalized, he can unbalance the position and play for a win.

Author Biography

Lasha Janjgava is a grandmaster from Georgia, and President of the Tbilisi Chess Federation. He has represented his country four times in chess olympiads, and has built up a formidable reputation as a very hard player to beat

Table of Contents

Symbols 4(1)
Foreword 5(1)
The Alatortsev Variation
The Eingorn Variation
5 f4
The Classical QGD (with...bd7)
5 g5 h6 6 xf6
5 g5 h6 6 h4 0-0 without 7 e3
The Lasker Defence
The Tartakower Defence
The Exchange Variation
Exchange Variation: Main Line
The Catalan Opening
Index of Variations 189

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