By calmly fianchettoing his king’s bishop in reply to the King’s Indian and Grünfeld, White seeks to draw the sting from these dynamic defences and exert positional pressure throughout the middlegame. By refusing to create a massive pawn-centre, he offers Black no target for counterplay. Some of the lines become very sharp, especially if Black makes an all-out attempt to generate counterplay and provokes White into hand-to-hand fighting. These lines in particular call for accurate, detailed analysis, and Janjgava provides this in abundance.
Lasha Janjgava is a grandmaster from Georgia, and President of the Tbilisi Chess Federation. He has represented his country four times in chess olympiads, and has built up a formidable reputation as a very hard player to beat. This is his third chess book for Gambit. See also The Petroff, and The Queen’s Gambit & Catalan for Black.
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“…Janjgava not only includes both systems; he also gives lines that arise from the English (A39). He provides an abundance of detailed and often original analysis for those looking to exert positional pressure in the face of Black’s proposed dynamism. It’s undeniably a must if you play this system.” – Mark Donlan, Chess Horizons
“Most King’s Indian and Grünfeld players are very well prepared for the normal white lines, this book presents a great opportunity to unsettle your opponent and play the lines that this book will teach you to understand and enjoy. A very useful book for Correspondence/ email players who recognise their database may contain millions of games but you still need to understand how a particular opening or defence should be played.” – Michael Blake, IECG Newsletter
“It should be said straightaway that this is no book for beginners. The 300+ pages are packed with deep and detailed analysis, and there is very little linking text. But anyone who already understands the basics behind such systems and wants to find up to the minute theory will relish this book. Of the eleven chapters, nine deal with KID systems, and the final two examine fianchetto lines in the Grunfled. There are separate chapters on all the major systems, and the author has adopted an objective approach to the material, so that the book is equally valuable to players of both the Black and White pieces. This is certainly not a book for bedtime, but it has made an invaluable addition to my library, and is well worth the money.” – Alan Sutton, En Passant
“…is an interesting concept, to combine in one volume what one would normally have to seek in two. This fat book…is densely-packed with information and the suitability of the opening for White in CC cannot be denied.” – Tim Harding, Chess Mail
“Useful for both White and Black, as for more than 300 pages, variations whizz past your ears. So pay attention – in one variation you may encounter a masterstroke, and in another, sudden disaster” – Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad
“This book can be strongly recommended to Black players of the King’s Indian and/or Grünfeld defenses. It can also be recommended for White 1.d4 players who are looking for new positional options in battling these dynamic defenses. I’d give it a rating of three (out of four possible) peaches due to the specialized nature of the opening.” – Mark Hoshor, Georgia Chess
“Overall this is a respectable and thorough survey of a complex opening and is a work which will be especially useful to those strong club players who play the Fianchetto or the King’s Indian and Grünfeld.” – Richard Palliser