| Collective review: The Tarrasch
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.
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
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
(Aagaard, p. 17).
|6. ... d4!
7. Na4 Bxc5
8. Nxc5 Qa5+
9. Qd2 Qxc5
|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:
The engines I consulted judge the position as roughly equal and give White 0,2 - 0,3. Aagaard & Ntirlis comment:
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”.
„Tarrasch Defense refuted 6.dxc5!!”
„Gewinnen gegen Gammeleröffnungen, Tarrasch-Verteidigung” (both at Links)
which refer to the above mentioned main line of the future in one way or the other are exorbitantly exaggerated.
None of the three reviewed books brings up Dubov's Tarrasch:
6. g3 Nf6
7. Bg2 cxd4
8. Nxd4 Bc5
Hikaru Nakamura – Daniil Dubov, Moscow FIDE GP (2), 20.5.2019
So there remains some research for the reader.
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.
|Tarrasch Defense – Tarrasch-Verteidigung
|IM Erik Zude: DIE TARRASCH-VERTEIDIGUNG FÜR TURNIERSPIELER!
|GM Alex Colovic: The Tarrasch Defence according to super-GM
Dubov, July 16th 2019
|The Tarrasch lives!
|„Tarrasch Defense refuted 6.dxc5!!”|
|„Gewinnen gegen Gammeleröffnungen, Tarrasch-Verteidigung”|
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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.
|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