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doctor_knight 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Chigorin's Defense I'm getting interested in the Chigorin's defense. I was wondering if any experienced players had any advice for studying, playing, or understanding the defense. I like the active piece play you get and it seems fun to play.

Also, I wouldn't mind any suggestions of other defenses to d4 that give good piece play.
schnarre 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Simply put, with the Chigorin Black is willing to part with the Bishop pair for active play. I've normally seen:

1.d4 d5
2.c4 Nc6
3.Nf3 Bg4
4.Nc3 e6
5. e3 Bb4

...often the Bishops are traded for the Knights right away. Occasionally White may exchange it:

1. d4 d5
2. c4 Nc6
3. cxd5 Qxd5
4. Nc3 Qd6/d8

Eric Schiller's booklet on this defense is a good introduction for those interested. I've not found much that's more current, but perhaps others here can recommend something.

A good 1. d4 defense is the Gruenfeld:
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6
3. Nc3/f3 d5
...instantly aggressive & allows for quick development as well.
bogg 11 ( +1 | -1 )
schnarre In your second line, with 3. cd5:, why would Black retreat his Queen instead of taking the pawn?

doctor_knight 74 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes I think that white normally supports the pawn with something like e3 or Nf3 first before knocking the queen off of d5 with Nc3. It appears that both sides played incorrectly on move 4. I've mainly just found what the main line is and have fiddled around in the databases some to look at different ideas. No real play yet though, and no book yet. I wouldn't mind getting "The Chigorin Defence According to Morozevich", but I just can't afford a $20 book right now. Maybe I'll try to find it in a library somewhere though it's fairly new, so I'm not sure I'll find it anytime soon.

And one problem with a lot of the d4 defenses for me is that white usually gets to stake out a lot of territory in the center. Maybe I'll look into the Gruenfeld too.
ninja-knight 10 ( +1 | -1 )
you might be You might be wanting the game to play like an E4 just doesn't work that way:)
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bonsai 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Morozevich's book is alright, but the slightly older book by Broznik is a bit better organised. It's quite a good defense, if it suits your style.
schnarre 37 ( +1 | -1 )
bogg White can take the pawn at c4 as well, but thereafter 5. e4 causes Black to lose more tempo by having to move the Queen (again) & the subsequent lack in development puts the game in White's favor.

I haven't seen much literature on this opening, but keep us posted. There's ample material on the Gruenfeld, however, & it has a good success record.