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QGD: Tarrasch

  • #1

    I'm growing inpatient with my usuall 1.d4 d5 defence, the QGD Lasker or Tartakower variation, and I want to give the Tarrasch variation a try. Are there any books out who nicely cover this variation? For black preferably, and I wouldn't mind if the book also covered the QGD exchange variation.

    I've tried searching online, but I had a hard time finding out just how much attention the various books spended on the Tarrasch variation. Hopefully someone here has some good experience, or has heard something about a suiting book.

  • #2

    Meeting 1. d4 by Jacob Aagaard is quite good.  It's a repertoire book on the Tarrasch and includes deviations from the main lines.


  • #3

    Wow, that's perfect, Jacob Aagaard has a reputation for putting good books out aswell. Thanks mate.

  • #4

    IS this book out of date? it was made in 2002.


    By the way @tricklev are there any good books on the lasker/tartakower?

  • #5

    I dunno, I got most of my information from John Watson's Mastering The Chess Openings Volume 2, it covered the ideas, and regular themes in a very instructive manner, it wasn't really a theory tome, but for mild and logical variations as the Lasker one, it's hardly necessary to keep track of the latest move 16 novelty.


    Mastering the chess openings volume 2 is a great book though, and I can recomend it to everyone interested in both strategical understanding, aswell as opening.

  • #6

    The Tarrasch Defense isn't played all that much at the GM level, so I suspect the theory hasn't changed so much.  At an advanced level of defensive technique it is hard to make use of black's isolated pawns, but this isn't relevant at a sub-GM or perhaps sub IM level.  A little supplementing with a database in the mainlines should be adequate for most. 

  • #7

    Yea the theory doesn't really progress so quickly as in other, more popular openings. Besides, hardly anyone below master books up on the Tarrasch to a great degree. Usually people just get to the mainline Tabiya and say "oh well now I have easy play against the IQP". For that reason I think the tarrasch is a good choice, underestimated and generally understudied, in my opinion.

  • #8

    It's a good and logical defense, and one every player should learn - it helps in the understanding of some of the most critical positions in chess, the IQP.

    If you play it regularly enough to learn the basics, you will have a head start on most White players, who rarely see it.

  • #9

    Hi, I'm planning to use Tarrasch defence and have copy of Meeting 1 d4 by Aagard.   This is a very good book and covers not only the Tarrasch but has defences to other systems after 1 d4 d5 such as Catalan, Trompovsky Hodgson ( 1 d4 d5 2 Bg5), Torre attack, London system, Colle, Richter Versov.  If this isn't enough it covers Reti and English AND less popular moves like 1 b4, 1 b3, 1 g4.

    Another good book is Complete Defense to Queen Pawn Openings by Eric Schiller ( Cardoza Publishing).  This is a well laid out book and also covers lines against Torre attack, London system, Colle, Richter Versov and Blackmar Diemer Gambit.


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