Changing Repertoire: Grand Prix

Feb 5, 2012, 3:43 AM |

I've been reading a book called "Chess Openings for White - Explained" by Lev Alburt, Roman Dzindzichashvilli and Eugene Perelshtyn and trying it out. My previous opening repertoire was taken from Sam Collins' book "An Attacking Repertoire for White".

One of the things I really like about the Alburt/Dzindzi/Perelshtyn book is that against the sicilian it advocates 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Closed Sicilian and Grand Prix attack! This used to be one of my favourites years ago as I managed to develop a bit of a system with it - exchange off my LSB (usually black's QN or QB) - isolate the black pieces with a bridge of pawns c2, d3, e4, f4 - coordinate my own pieces king-side with Qe1, Qh4, Rf3, Rh3 and as Bobby Fisher put it: "... sac, sac, mate!"

These days Grand Prix attack is well known and has some antidotes you can use against it. More's the pity.

Here's a game I played just now where it sort of went to plan - though not my usual plan. Note the unusual knight tour: Nb1-c3-e2-g3-h1-f2-g4-f6

Some inaccuracies (rapid game) but not a bad try.