- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Everyman Chess (18. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1781941424
- ISBN-13: 978-1781941423
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,1 x 1,4 x 24,1 cm
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The Tarrasch Defence: Move by Move (Everyman Chess Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Februar 2014
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Sam Collins is an International Master with two Grandmaster norms, and a former Irish and Japanese Champion. He has represented Ireland at six Olympiads, winning an individual gold medal at Bled 2002.
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Compared to Aagard's book, Collins gives more choice in lines and let's the reader decide on multiple paths rather than recommending one move.
This is a great book to help someone create their own repertoire rather than having one, rigid one plop in your lap.
Collins starts the book with a convincing argument in favor of the Tarrash. The introduction explains why the Tarrash defense offers space in addition to active piece play. Collins’s arguments that the Isolani gives black a space advantage because after white trades his c4 pawn for black d5 pawn the recapture e6Xd5 grants black the only central pawn. Collins also advocates the mastering of six thematic pawn structures derived from the Tarrash as a key step to increase the level of play of any player interested in the Tarrash. After the introduction the core of the book are eight chapters developed around twenty five master games. The theoretical chapters starts with the main line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. 0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 cxd4 and ends with the Reti set ups.
I was not sure if starting the book with the main line was better than starting with the sidelines (going from simple to complex). Fortunately, after I read Wojo’s Weapons 1 by Hilton and Ippolito’s It was clear to me the benefits of Collin’s way to present the material in the Tarrash Move by Move.Turn out that most class players fail to play the Tarrasch successfully because they exit theory too early. and/or do not have the knowledge/experience to handle the complications in the early Tarrash’s middle games “At club level Tarrash players are unlikely to know the precise sequence to create this wild tactical play, and will exit know theory quickly. White then need to know the ideas and themes necessary to “grind black down’ in a positional struggle greatly favoring him”. In plain English to play the Tarrasch Defense competitively, a player needs the theory and the right examples to time the actions in the early middle game.
In addition to variations the author explains key concepts such as the ideal piece placement for Black (typical squares for the Black Queen, light square bishop). For example, if White develops his Queen actively on the Queenside (Qa4) black operations are aimed to force the white queen to retreat. A different course of action like starting active operations on the Kingside will spell disaster for Black. Collins also explains several positional themes associated with the Tarrash defense (pawn majorities, bishop versus knight and weak squares) and how Black needs to be flexible and play according to white’s piece deployment. If white play for a complex middle game then black needs to be on his toes searching for tactical opportunities (game 4). In contrast if white goes for a level game black needs to keep an active mindset to avoid disaster (game 12 Baburin – Collins). If white gets a better endgame, Collins shows you how to proceed (game 6 illustrates black defending a slightly worse endgame of Bishop and knight vs. bishop pair). I recommend this book because the author provides the right material in the best order and cover all the suggestions against the Tarrasch from the latest publications. Trendy lines like the Krasenkow 6.dxc5 suggested by Kornev in a Practical White Repertoire (2013) and Avrush’s 9.dxc5 are covered in game 20 and chapter 4 respectively. If you are wondering if Collin’s recommendations overlap with Aagaard and Nitrils’s Grandmaster repertoire book 10 the answer is not.
1.This review was published in the Florida Chess Association Magazine (Summer 2015) and it is reproduced here with the Editor's permission.
2. The publisher provided a sample copy of this book.
3.My chess skill level is around 1850 USCF and I hold a FIDE National Instructor certification.
I'm not sure exactly what level of player this book is intended for. If it's intended for those of us in the trenches (i.e., class players), then I think it misses its mark. I often feel that these IMs and GMs forget what it's like to be a class player. While a discussion of the nuances of the 9 Bg5 cxd4 line at move 15 or 20 is certainly valuable (Chapter One), class players are rarely if ever going to get that deep into theory. As a friend of mine once said, there's no point in learning anything beyond 7 or 8 moves because you'll never get to use it. I'm not sure I quite agree with that, but his point was the often made one that we in the classes are much better off spending our time on tactics and endgame study, with which I surely agree. And while this book claims to emphasize ideas over theory, there is a whole lot of unannotated theory in this book, sometimes stretching beyond move 20. Furthermore, the author points out more than once that it is necessary for the black player to know it if he wants to come out of the main lines with a playable game.
So, what happens after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 exd5 when your class C opponent looks at the position and decides he can win a pawn with 5 dxc5 Bxc5 6 Q or Nxd5? Not until page 110 does Collins even acknowledge that, "White can take on c5 at any stage after move three." And yet there is no discussion (that I could see--I admit, I was skimming after awhile) of the white pawn capture on c5 occurring any time before move 8. There is quite a lot of discussion of what should happen at move 15, however.
Not until Chapter Seven does Collins admit that, "I have personally scored worse against sidelines than against main lines in the Tarrasch, and I want to save you from a similar experience" (page 197). Still, there is no discussion of 5 dxc5. We have to wait until move 6 to see this "sideline." This chapter should have been chapter one, and it should be more complete. I looked it up online. 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 exd5 5 dxc5 Nf6 (5... d4 is also played but looks dangerous to me). After this the game can get quite tactical and trappy, so be prepared!
I liked the introduction in which Collins discusses structures that arise from the Tarrasch. I wish there had been a whole lot more of this sort of thing in the book. As for the promise (that I seem to have read somewhere--maybe that was another book in this series) that you can play the opening from a general knowledge of the ideas behind the opening without having to memorize reams of theory, the book makes it very plain. No, you cannot. Maybe against that class C guy, but come up against someone who knows how to play the white side, and you're dead in the water and circling the drain.
In fact, sucker that I am, I keep falling for that promise and buying book after book that makes it. I have yet to find that magical opening that can be played from general ideas without knowing reams of theory. And my computer, which does know reams of theory, keeps beating me like a drum for even trying it. Of course, what constitutes a ream to me may not seem like a ream to someone else, but I'm an old guy, and what should happen at move 15 of a line I'll probably never get to play just doesn't stick in my head.
Bottom line: If you're a master or an expert who wants to learn the Tarrasch, this may be your book. Maybe I'll even extend that to class A, as I have no personal experience at that level of play. I have faced experts and class A players, however, and I've done okay without having memorized reams of theory. If you're class B or below, I'd say give this one a pass. You have way more important things to be doing with your time. Btw, I'm a class B player, and if you come up against me in a tournament sometime and play 1 d4, you won't be facing the Tarrasch defense.
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