Sunday, August 27, 2006

Great new Grand Prix Attack resources

Michael Goeller, who maintains The Kennilworthian chess blog, has provided some excellent new resources for fans (or detractors) of the Grand Prix Attack against the Sicilian (which, nowadays, means white plays 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 followed by 3. f4).

First, a helpful review of Chess Openings for White, Explained, a review which focuses quite a bit on their treatment of the Grand Prix Attack (their line against the Sicilian).

Second, a detailed critical examination of some of the lines recommended in the same book.

Third, an update to his excellent Grand Prix Attack Bibliography. He even takes pity on this patzer and mentions my blog entry in which I evaluate the GPA.


Blogger transformation said...

blue, this might be out of line, but i ask you as a friend, why all this focus on openings?

tactics, tactics, tactics!
OBP, then review of games.
GM games, review if not annotation.

my first chess mentor told me, and i think aptly, not to study openings, and im glad i listened. when i played the caro, i did it without a book; similarly the reti and english as white; the the french as blk. then when i moved to 1.e4 for tactical challenge, as an interum step, used ZERO books. i used annectdotal information, knowing id find what i needed.

then when i reviewed correct openings, would have a place to put that knowledge.

i then played the kings gambit, and surely after many mistakes, found many things... but if im 1585+/1625- OBP and its too soon to build a reporatore, then what of you now sir? im maybe just at the door of the need to do this now.

but 1300'ish, it sounds way premature and off the mark, IMHO.

take care, and hope all is well.

ps, my comments are re-enabled at my blog, thanks to tempos getting me back on track when i thought i had it set up right after a comment from dutch defence, on spam.

8/28/2006 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Transformation: I don't study them all that much any more now that I have a core opening competence, but thought these resources might prove useful for fans of the GPA.

The GPA was a welcome life-preserver that saved me from floundering every time I play against the Sicilian as white. It made the Sicilian fun again.

8/28/2006 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Thx for your links for the GPA, I will have a close look at it before the new season starts (within two weeks). If I like it, I'm going to give it a try.

8/28/2006 02:48:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

i gave it a try

1. e4 {4} c5 {3} 2. Nc3 {6} Nc6 {35} 3. f4 {22} g6 {69} 4. Nf3 {82} Bg7 {124}
5. Bb5 {8} Nd4 {8} 6. O-O {5} Nxb5 {11} 7. Nxb5 {4} d5 {6} 8. exd5 {21} a6 {34}
9. Nc3 {4} Nf6 {6} 10. d4 {10} c4 {4} 11. Re1 {43} Nxd5 {33} 12. Nxd5 {9} Qxd5
{6} 13. Qe2 {2} e6 {21} 14. c3 {28} O-O {41} 15. Ne5 {158} b5 {49} 16. Bd2 {118
} Bb7 {26} 17. Nf3 {283} Bf6 {130} 18. Be3 {51} Kg7 {22} 19. h4 {50} h5 {8} 20.
Kh2 {27} Be7 {63} 21. Kh3 {32} a5 {64} 22. a3 {25} Bd6 {17} 23. Rg1 {4} Qf5+ {
22} 24. g4 {4} Qe4 {26} 25. gxh5 {10} Qxf3+ {13} 26. Qxf3 {3} Bxf3 {1} 27. Raf1
{15} Bxh5 {30} 28. Rf2 {19} b4 {19} 29. cxb4 {5} axb4 {3} 30. Rfg2 {5} bxa3 {8}
31. bxa3 {22} Rxa3 {6} 32. Kh2 {2} Rxe3 {4} 33. Kh1 {7} Bf3 {
Takchess resigns (Lag: Av=1.11s, max=2.5s) 6} 0-1

8/29/2006 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tak, thanks for the game. It looks like you played the opening phase quite well. What are those numbers in brackets?

8/29/2006 12:55:00 PM  

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