Sunday, October 12, 2008

Play the Grünfeld


Author: IM Yelena Dembo

Estimation Price: RM108

Published: June 2007 EU, May 2007 US

ISBN 9781857445213

Format Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Everyman Chess

About the Author

Yelena Dembo was born on December 8th, 1983 in Russia. She lived in Israel and Hungary for several years and now married and live in Athens, Greece.

She is a professional chess player and trainer with students from more than 30 countries. Her first chess book has been published! You can read more about her and chess career here. You can also go through a selection of her best games so far, annotated by her.

You can find her online on various chess servers such as the Internet Chess Club (ICC),, Free Internet Chess Server and World Chess Network, where I play chess and give lessons. If you are interested in my teaching services you can contact me.

About the Book

The Grünfeld is an exciting and dynamic answer to 1 d4, and has become very popular at all levels of chess. A major reason for this is that it has been a long-time favourite of the World's strongest-ever chess player, Garry Kasparov, who used it many times in his numerous World Championship battles. The Grünfeld very much relies on the principles of the hypermodern school of chess: Black allows White to erect an impressive-looking centre on the assumption that in the long run it could prove to be more of a liability than an asset. Play often becomes very complex and tactical, one of the reasons the Grünfeld appeals to ambitious players.

Despite its attractions, some prospective Grünfeld players are discouraged by the necessity of needing to learn numerous different variations in such a complex opening. In Play the Grünfeld, however, opening expert Yelena Dembo circumvents this problem by producing a comprehensive and yet workable repertoire for Black, offering a solution against each of White's tries, whether it's a critical main line or a tricky sideline. After reading this book, you will have the required knowledge and confidence to begin playing the Grünfeld in your own games.

  • Written by a renowned Grünfeld expert
  • Covers all of White's main tries
  • Reveals the tactical and positional ideas for both sides


"In her well-researched book "Play the Grunfeld" the Greek International Master Yelena Dembo recommends the Adorjan gambit, 3...e5 4.dxe5 Nh5, as an equalizing line. Her book, recently issued by Everyman Chess, offers a fresh, succinct look at the aggressive defense from the black side."

Lubos Kavalek
Washington Post

"Although the Grünfeld is not an easy opening to learn, Dembo makes a good case for her repertoire as black, and the reader will generally be well-armed in most lines. This book can carry you a good distance towards mastering this opening."

Carsten Hansen

"Dembo's love of the Grunfeld shines through, and I consider that important if you're pushing a repertoire. It's also clear that she has put a lot of time into analyzing her recommended variations, and the original analysis she often presents will be a welcomed sight to anyone that uses this book. I should also add that Dembo is rather fearless in her assessments. She doesn't hesitate to challenge the words and views of world-class players, and this tough, confident stance will surely make the reader feel secure. "

Jeremy Silman

Source: Everyman Chess


Part One - The Exchange Variation (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 N c3 d5 4 cxd5 N xd5 5 e4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Bg7)

1 Introducing 7 Nf3 c5

3 Be3 Systems

4 The Fashionable 7 Bc4

5 White's 7th Move Alternatives

6 4 cxd5 Nxd5 without 5 e4

Part Two - 3 Nc3 Without The Exchange

7 The Russian System

8 Qa4+ Systems

9 Bf4 Systems

10 Bg5 Systems

11 The Solid 4 e3

12 Offbeat 4th Move Alternatives

Part Three - White Postpones Nc3

13 The Fianchetto System

14 Angling for a Sämisch: 3 f3

Index of variations

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