Beating the Kingís Indian and Grunfeld

By Tim Taylor

Beating the Kingís Indian and Grunfeld
Beating the Kingís Indian and Grunfeld
222 pages
Everyman chess (2006)
Reviewed by John Donaldson
The trend towards more and more specialization in opening books continues. Witness Los Angeles IM Tim Taylorís latest offering: BEATING THE KINGíS INDIAN AND GRUNFELD. Not too long ago one could find a complete opening repertoire based on 1.e4 or 1.d4 in a single volume. Now things have become more specialized and only a couple defenses are put under the microscope.

In BEATING THE FIANCHETTO DEFENCES (Gambit 2006) by GM Grivas, the answers to the KID and Grunfeld were 5.Nf3/6.h3 and 4.Nf3/5.Bg5 respectively. Taylor has different ideas and offers the reader two choices against each defense. To fight the Kingís Indian he advocates the Four Pawns Attack but with a twist. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 c5 he advocates the favorite of the late Wisconsin IM William Martz 7.Nf3 which often leads to Maroczy Bind type structures. As an alternative he offers 7.d5 e6 8.0-0 exd5 and now instead of the mainline 9.cxd5 he likes the less fashionable 9.exd5.

The desire to stay away from fashionable lines also guides Taylorís thinking behind his two anti-Grunfeld recommendations: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.Qb3 (the Knezevic Variation) and 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 0-0 7.Bc4 (the Keres Variation). Taylor uses 53 well-annotated games to make his case.