Sakaev, K/ Semkov, S/ The Queen´s Gambit Accepted
Current Theory and Practice Series
(Chess Stars, Sofia 2003)
Paperback, 224 Seiten
in englischer Sprache
A year ago I asked a GM friend of mine what the current theory said about a certain opening system. He looked at me in bewilderment - what current theory?! His question took me unawares - was there any current theory any more, indeed? The contemporary information flood replaced the previous "bibles" written by famous top players, with huge digital card files, compiled without much filtering. Everybody now has his own Big/Mega/Giant database with zillions of games, but if you try to learn a new opening or to reassess your old knowledge with the help of some specialised book, you'll quickly discover that it would be mission impossible. Most of the opening studies nowadays just reproduce some excerpts from databases, quoting piles of games, but wisely omitting straight recommendations. Naturally it is much easier to hide in the shadow of somebody's authority, but such an approach is of a little use to the unfortunate reader, since it says what has been played, but not what should be. The other approach is equally unproductive - the author chooses a couple of games of renowned experts, pretending that there are no other branches or new ideas around. When the reader starts playing the system, he suddenly discovers the existence of a whole universe of other lines and the book answers no crucial questions at all.
Accordingly I decided to produce a book with one main objective in mind - to give as much answers as possible, reassessing the outdated evaluations. The concept is simple - to digest all available material on a given opening, to separate it into branches and to offer a move-by-move presentation of the main ideas according to the latest tournament tendencies. This has been made possible by the great experience of GM Konstantin Sakaev - two times junior world champion and two times olympic champion with the Russian team - in 1998 and 2000.
CHESS STARS already had the experience of publishing the fine 5 volume set by Alexander Khalifman "Opening for White according to Kramnik". It was meant to help you form your own repertoire for White, recommending reliable weapons against Black's basic responses.
Our new "Current Theory and Practice Series" will focus on single openings, covering as impartially as possible a wide variety of sub-lines.
The present book is devoted to the Queen's Gambit Accepted - one of the most entertaining openings today. The arising positions are quite sharp and dynamic, with mutual chances and provide a much richer play than most of the lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined. With the combined efforts of Kasparov, Karpov, Anand, Ponomariov QGA presently reached the status of a super reliable opening, suitable for all players up to the level of world champions.
Should you expect to learn how to win against QGA, I might disappoint you right away. Black is holding firmly against all attempts and we cannot single out any system as most promising for White. Your weapon of choice will have to be selected among a wide range of systems of equal merit, depending mostly on your style of playing chess. I hope that the present book will become your secret trump in the battles.
Semko Semkov, October 2003
About the authors:
Grandmaster Konstantin Sakaev is one of the best players in the world with current rating of 2657. His trophy list includes 2 junior world titles and 2 gold olympic medals with the Russian team. Sakaev is famous with his opening erudition.
Semko Semkov is a chess publisher with more than 30 CHESS STARS books in his background.
Semkov has 2 GM norms and years of experience with the Bulgarian national team.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4
1 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 ..... 9
2 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bc4 Bb4 ..... 22
3 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bc4 Bb4 6.Nbd2 ..... 27
4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.0-0 ..... 31
5 3.e4 c5!? ..... 39
6 3.e4 c5?! 4.d5 e6 ..... 45
7 3.e4 Nf6 ..... 50
8 3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bd3 Nc6 ..... 61
9 3.e4 Nc6 ..... 71
10 3.e4 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bg4 ..... 79
11 3.Nf3 a6 ..... 88
12 3.Nf3 a6 4.e4!? ..... 94
13 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 ..... 110
14 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e4 b5 6.e5 Nd5 7.a4 e6 8.axb5 ..... 123
15 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qa4 ..... 129
16 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.Qe2 ..... 136
17 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.e4 ..... 148
18 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 b5 ..... 153
19 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 rare variations ..... 161
20 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 Nc6 ..... 166
21 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bd3 ..... 179
22 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.dc5 ..... 186
23 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.a4 ..... 190
24 3.Nf3 Nf 6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 ..... 198
25 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bb3 ..... 205
26 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 ..... 212
27 3.e3 ..... 217