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Collective review: The Tarrasch Defence

Jacob Aagard, Nikolaos Ntirlis: The Tarrasch Defence
– Jonathan Carlstedt: Die Tarrasch-Verteidigung
– Sam Collins: The Tarrasch Defence. Move by Move

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There are a couple of books on the Tarrasch Defence available.
  • Jacob Aagard, Nikolaos Ntirlis: The Tarrasch Defence. Grandmaster Repertoire 10. Quality, 2011. 347 pages
  • Alexei Bezgodov: The Art of the Tarrasch Defence.  Strategies, Techniques and Surprising Ideas. New in Chess, 2017. 320 pages
  • Jonathan Carlstedt: Die Tarrasch-Verteidigung. ChessMO, 2013. 165 pages
  • Sam Collins: The Tarrasch Defence. Move by Move. Everyman, 2013. 254 pages
  • Vassilios Kotronias: Fight 1.d4 with the Tarrasch! A Complete Black Repertoire vs. 1.d4. Russell Enterprises, 2019. 384 pages

Which one is the right one for whom?
To answer this question I compare these books without The Art of the Tarrasch Defence and without  Fight 1.d4 with the Tarrasch! which I don't have at hand.

Carlstedt 2013 (only in German available), and Collins 2013 are structured similarily:
Introduction - Pawn Structures in the Tarrasch (Collins gives 6, Carlstedt 3).
Aagard gives a historical background and evolution of the Tarrasch Defence in the introduction.

Then the discussion of the variations starts with
1. d4 d4
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 c5
4. cxd5 exd5
5. Nf3 Nc6
6. g3 (Rubinstein variation) Nf6
7. Bg2 Be7
8. 0-0 0-0
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9. Bg5
Other 9th moves follow and in later chapter deviations to the Rubinstein variation are discussed.

All three books reviewed offer a variation index, Collins gives an index of complete games. Too bad, a lot of partial games (among them several against Carlstedt) within the text are not in this index.

Readers will find the most details in Aagaard 2011. It suits best the tournament player above Elo 2000 or even 2200.
Carlstedt plays the Tarrasch himself very often and he is enthusiastic about (t)his opening. That makes his book a pleasant read. But he always keeps a sober mind and tells the reader where Black has to struggle uphill.
There are very detailled reviews of all three books on the internet. Search for them!
I will concentrate on „The Big Discovery”, 6. dxc5! „the main line of the future”
(Aagaard, p. 17).

6. dxc5
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6. ...    d4!
7. Na4 Bxc5
8. Nxc5 Qa5+
9. Qd2 Qxc5
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Aagaard appropriately covers this critical variation in chapters 17 and 18, pages 269-306. Besides the common 10. e3 for White Aagaard & Ntirlis recommend also 10. a3.

Carlstedt dedicates chapter 37 for this line, but covers only 10. e3.
His model game is Knaak - Chandler, Bundesliga Germany 1996 (1/2 in 30 moves).
 
In the critical position after
10. e3 dxe3
11. Qxe3+ Dxe3+
12. Bxe3 Black has the choice between Nge7 and Be6.
Carlstedt prefers Nge7 to prepare castling.
Collins discusses the model game L'Ami - Aagaard, Helsingor 2012 (1/2 in 22 moves).
For the critical position he refers to Ivanchuk - Grischuk, Monte Carlo 2006 (1/2 in 59 moves; Collins 2013 p. 200).

Bishop pair overrated?
It is true, in the critical line after 12. Bxe3, White has the bishop pair in an open position. On the other hand, Aagaard & Ntirlis warn to overestimate the pair of bishops here:
„it will be difficult for White to maintain the bishop pair for long; he will either have to exchange one of the bishops, or he will risk facing an attack” (p. 274).
Carlstedt shows with the model game Knaak - Chandler, 1996, that the bishop pair is no decisive advantage.

The engines I consulted judge the position as roughly equal and give White 0,2 - 0,3. Aagaard & Ntirlis comment:
„In both lines [i.e. 10.e3 and 10.a3] Black is forced to answer serious questions, In many cases he must quickly allow an ending, which has to be played with considerably accuracy, However, we do not think, that these lines should dissuade Black players from choosing the Tarrasch” (p. 17-18).

The main line of the future has not overtaken the Rubinstein variation. Only Mamedov and Abdusattorov used that line on top level in the past years.

Collins 2013 has an additional chapter for „Reti set-ups”. This comes in handy because the club player often is looking for an opening scheme that is applicable for various set-ups.
The games in Collins 2013 often contain exercises for the reader, short questions like: „Find a good response for Black”. 

Videos like
„Tarrasch Defense refuted 6.dxc5!!”
or
„Gewinnen gegen Gammeleröffnungen, Tarrasch-Verteidigung” (both at Tarrasch Links)
which refer to the above mentioned main line of the future in one way or the other are exorbitantly exaggerated.
Dubov's Tarrasch

None of the three reviewed books brings up Dubov's Tarrasch:
6. g3 Nf6
7. Bg2 cxd4
8. Nxd4 Bc5
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Hikaru Nakamura – Daniil Dubov
, Moscow FIDE GP (2), 20.5.2019

So there remains some research for the reader.
TarraschJacob Aagard, Nikolaos Ntirlis: The Tarrasch Defence is for players above Elo at least 2000, I assume.
All others will be best served with either
Carlstedt: Die Tarrasch-Verteidigung or
Collins: The Tarrasch Defence. Move by Move.
Both are highly recommended. For Carlstedt 2013 a good understanding of German is helpful.

Links
TarraschTarrasch DefenseTarrasch-Verteidigung
TarraschIM Erik Zude: DIE TARRASCH-VERTEIDIGUNG FÜR TURNIERSPIELER!
TarraschDubov's Tarrasch
TarraschGM Alex Colovic: The Tarrasch Defence according to super-GM Dubov, July 16th 2019
TarraschThe Tarrasch lives!
Tarrasch„Tarrasch Defense refuted 6.dxc5!!”
Tarrasch„Gewinnen gegen Gammeleröffnungen, Tarrasch-Verteidigung”
Tarrasch Besprechungen und Empfehlungen von Schachbüchern & DVDs
Tarrasch Schachlehrbücher – nicht nur für Kinder und Jugendliche
Tarrasch Kombinationen, Partien u.a. von Wasserburger Schachspielern in der Literatur
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Literatur
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Tarrasch TarraschJacob Aagard, Nikolaos Ntirlis: The Tarrasch Defence. Grandmaster Repertoire 10. Quality, 2011. 347 pages

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TarraschAlexei Bezgodov: The Art of the Tarrasch Defence.  Strategies, Techniques and Surprising Ideas. New in Chess, 2017. 320 pages

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TarraschJonathan Carlstedt: Die Tarrasch-Verteidigung. ChessMO, 2013. 165 pages
Collins
TarraschSam Collins: The Tarrasch Defence. Move by Move. Everyman, 2013. 254 pages

Kotronias
TarraschVassilios Kotronias: Fight 1.d4 with the Tarrasch! A Complete Black Repertoire vs. 1.d4. Russell Enterprises, 2019. 384 pages

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