The Gruenfeld Defence – GM Lubomir Ftacnik (Physical Disc)

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The Gruenfeld Defence - GM Lubomir Ftacnik
The Gruenfeld Defence – GM Lubomir Ftacnik

The Gruenfeld Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5) enjoys special star status in the family of Indian openings.

It involves a daring, active concept: fighting for control of the center with an early d7-d5 thrust supported only by pieces. The ensuing lines and positions promise more active play than most openings. Black has to know the critical ideas and most promising plans as most lines are pretty sharp and concrete.

Many top players have tried to “refute” the Gruenfeld Defence, honorably failed, and ended up defending its charms with remarkable success.

The Gruenfeld Defence - GM Lubomir Ftacnik
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The opening is fully covered in 50 sections covering all lines of any importance. Two bonus sections discuss typical endgames – Black usually has equal or superior chances in Gruenfeld endings – as well as characteristic middlegame pawn structures.

The DVD presents a repertoire – for each variation the author shows the best or most promising line for an amateur or tournament player.

The games database gives the chance to understand more than 8000 Gruenfeld Defence games played by the best players – 1300 of them deeply annotated.

The majority of the notes are by Krasenkow and Ftacnik who have diligently covered the opening in ChessBase Magazine for two decades.

GM Lubomir Ftacnik
Grandmaster Lubomir Ftacnik

About the Author:

Lubomir Ftacnik is a Slovak grandmaster with decades of experience in international chess.

As a younger member of a strong chess generation in former Czechoslovakia, he helped to win silver at the Luzern Chess Olympiad in 1982.

Most of his fellow grandmasters have been keen defenders of Gruenfeld Defence and the author has come up with his share of ideas in various lines.

The work on the Gruenfeld DVD is the fruit of 30 years of experience with this active and rewarding opening.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.

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