Petroff has for a long time been regarded as a very solid defence Black
avoids the perils of the Scotch, the Italian Game and above all the dreaded
Ruy Lopez, and instead opts to neutralize White’s initiative with active
piece- play. ln the Petroff, it is quite common for Black to launch an
early counterattack, often gambiting a pawn to do so.
many years, the Petroff enjoyed a steady following, with Karpov, lvanchuk,
Timman, Anand and in particular Yusupov among its supporters at top level.
however, the Petroff’s popularity has soared, following its adoption by
Vladimir Kramnik, who has played it regularly and considerably reinforced
its theoretical standing.
this book, Janjgava gives a complete and detailed picture of the Petroff,
taking recent developments fully into account. Readers will be fully
equipped to take on either side of the Petroff
with confidence in their own games.
Janjgava is a grandmaster from Georgia, and President of the Tbilisi Chess
Federation. He has represented his country four times in chess olympiads,
and has built up a formidable reputation as a very hard player to beat.
This is his
second chess book for Gambit.