Without studying hours of opening theory… as in the Dragon or the Grunfeld?
Here’s the Tarrasch Defense for you.
It was a highly popular opening in the 1960s when Spassky used it first in his Candidates match against Geller in 1965…
… and then as a very efficient weapon in his title-winning match against Petrosian in 1969—when he scored 1 win and 4 draws with it.
Even Kasparov was a big champion of this opening who scored phenomenal wins with it in the 1980s, against the likes of Seirawan, Beliavsky, Larsen and Smyslov.
With the …c5 break, you are instantly telling White that you are not in for a slow, closed game. You blow the imaginary battle horn, and even take a few positional drawbacks for a “wild, wild, West” type o’ game.
Take White out of his comfort zone (and also his opening book), and play for the FULL POINT!
GM Marian Petrov makes the job easier for you with his move-by-move blueprint—saving your valuable preparation time, neutralizing the opponent’s common pet lines, and a bunch of opening surprises now and then—for impressive victories against the queen’s pawn game.
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