Grivas provides a full and detailed repertoire for White against five important openings: the Grünfeld, King's Indian, Benoni, Benko and Modern. In each case, he has recommended a line in which he has a wealth of experience, and has played a significant personal role in developing over many years. The recommendations are geared towards posing Black unconventional problems: your opponents will not be able to churn out lengthy memorized variations, but will need to solve problems at the board in positions that are somewhat different in character from those normally reached in these openings. Grivas has also chosen the repertoire so that it forms a seamless whole, and will fit alongside an English or Réti move-order, in addition to a standard 1 d4 repertoire.
Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas lives in Athens and is also a Senior FIDE Trainer, International Arbiter and Organizer. He has represented his country on a great many occasions, winning an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Olympiad. He is a federal trainer and an experienced writer. This is his second book on chess openings for Gambit.
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Gambit books by Grivas: A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian, Beating the Fianchetto Defences, Chess College 1: Strategy, Chess College 2: Pawn Play, Chess College 3: Technique, Modern Chess Planning.
"Rarely does a grandmaster so clearly demonstrate what type of endgame positions are the direction of an opening and how to proceed in those endgame positions. In some ways this is like a book and a half. I am certain the some of the analysis will change, that is only the nature of the beast. Still, there is more than enough material in this book to reward the ardent student with points gleaned directly from its pages." - Bill McGeary, www.chessville.com
"Do you need a repertoire against those blasted King's Indians, Gruenfelds, Benko Gambits, Benonis, and Moderns? Well, pull up your stool and pay attention." - Bob Long, www.chessco.com
"I highly recommend this book to ambitious players, it will be an excellent tool for those who want to be well-prepared and who play to win. There is a little bias for White's cause, but Grivas supports his presentation exceedingly well, with loads of new ideas and original analysis, a tell-tale sign of an author strongly committed to his project." - Carsten Hansen, Chess Cafe
"A serious repertoire book for the 'd4 c4' player who likes extra space, sound and solid positions and small but workable advantages." - Phil Adams, Three Cs website
"...a thoughtful and useful work which will benefit players at all levels up to a rating of 2300." - John Saunders, British Chess Magazine
"This is a deeply researched and creative repertoire book. Grivas reveals many 'hidden' ideas and gives abundant strategic guidance on how to handle the middlegame and endgame positions that result. If you are looking for a rock solid yet dangerous opening repertoire versus these fianchetto defences this is the book you are looking for!" - Andy May, www.nsgchess.com
"...unusually deeply researched and creative opening repertoire book" - PHL Hughes, Chess Post
"Grivas also does a good job of explaining the ideas and typical motifs of each variation. Each chapter gives model games with typical endgames and characteristic middlegames that are carefully chosen." - IM John Donaldson, Silman's website
"Grivas digs now and then awful deep and I would consider this repertoire book as one of these winning from the book works." - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl
"...I am impressed by how much material the author has managed to squeeze into less than 200 pages, and I have to grudgingly admit that if my opponents were to make use of it they could make life more difficult for me than it already is." - Alan Sutton, En Passant