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Biggest contemporary players for openings given


  • 4 months ago · Quote · #1

    Daimonion

    I am thinking about building my opening repertoire by the study of contemporary grandmasters who are the best at the particular openings I'd like to include. Could you help me by indicating the players whose games are optimal to excell:

    - Queen's Gambit Accepted as white

    - Queen's Gambit Declined as white

    - Slav as white

    - Slav as black

    - Caro-Kann as black

    - French as black

    I'll be grateful for all suggestions. (An information on good books about these openings is also much welcome)

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #2

    hicetnunc

    Qga - Rublevsly / Sakaev Chess Stars book

    Qgd - Topalov or Aronian - Sadler's old book

    Slav as white - Aronian - Avrukh GM Repertoire

    Slav as Black - Fressinet - Avrukh GM rep on the slav

    Caro as Black - Anand - Houska's everyman book

    French as Black - Meier - Eingorn's rock solid répertoire

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #3

    ThrillerFan

    QGA/QGD/Slav as White - Kramnik

    Slav as Black - Unsure

    Caro-Kann as Black - Petrosian, Botvinnik

    French as Black - Korchnoi, Botvinnik

     

    At your level, 1277, you shouldn't be studying opening books.  You'll try to cram all the theoretical stuff when you should be focused on Endgames, Tactics, Positional Play, etc, and when your 1250 opponent goes out of book on move 4, you'll be on your own anyway!

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #4

    Daimonion

    Thank you very much. I'm aware of the fact that I should invest 90% of my time to endgame and (mostly) to tactics. And so I do. The remaining time, however, I'd like to spend on analysing games in the openings I'd like to use.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #5

    ThrillerFan

    Daimonion wrote:

    Thank you very much. I'm aware of the fact that I should invest 90% of my time to endgame and (mostly) to tactics. And so I do. The remaining time, however, I'd like to spend on analysing games in the openings I'd like to use.

    There is a difference between going thru master games that happen to use openings you play, and studying openings.  For example, those books mentioned in post #2, they are too advanced for a 1200 player.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #6

    hicetnunc

    It's true all these books are too advanced (they are too advanced for me too). I think Van Sterren' FCO might probably be a better investment to start with.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #7

    Daimonion

    Hello. My OTB rating is considerably higher than 1200 (for online games, sometimes, I "analyse" the board with 4-years old on my knees;-)). But, anyway, you're right to say that these books are to advanced for me and that Van Sterren is a good choice for me now (I have it on my "to be bought soon" list). And, yes, I will "go thru" the games of the players you mentioned, but not "study openings" ;-) Thank you very much.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #8

    hicetnunc

    Sadler's QGD book is an exception though. Lots of explanations.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #9

    ghostofmaroczy

    Daimonion wrote:

    I am thinking about building my opening repertoire by the study of contemporary grandmasters who are the best at the particular openings I'd like to include. Could you help me by indicating the players whose games are optimal to excell:

    - Queen's Gambit Accepted as white...Ivanchuk

    - Queen's Gambit Declined as white...Ivanchuk

    - Slav as white...Ivanchuk

    - Slav as black...Ivanchuk

    - Caro-Kann as black...Ivanchuk

    - French as black...Ivanchuk

    I'll be grateful for all suggestions. (An information on good books about these openings is also much welcome)

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #10

    Daimonion

    Wow! Does it mean that Ivanchuk is:

    a) a player who is very good at everything

    b) a very good opening player

    c) a player who is very good at these particular openings?

     

    Btw, I am a big fan of Ivanchuk, also because of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ_vyNyA81M

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #11

    cornbeefhashvili

    - Queen's Gambit Accepted as white

    - Queen's Gambit Declined as white: Karpov

    - Slav as white

    - Slav as black: Botvinnik

    - Caro-Kann as black: Karpov

    - French as black: Morozevich, Botvinnik

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #12

    ghostofmaroczy

    Daimonion wrote:

    Wow! Does it mean that Ivanchuk is:

    a) a player who is very good at everything

    b) a very good opening player

    c) a player who is very good at these particular openings?

    d) a player who is capable of herp-derping in any opening system

     

    Btw, I am a big fan of Ivanchuk, also because of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ_vyNyA81M


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