I have not updated my Grand Prix Attack Bibliography since 2006, and a large number of excellent new books and videos have come out on this popular "anti-Sicilian" line, which might begin 1.e4 c5 2.f4 (B21) or 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 (B23). I have tried my best to put together a complete list of resources, but I know that several items have escaped me and so I will continue to update this list over the coming week. As always, I welcome additions and suggestions from readers.
The Modern Grand Prix Attack by Lawrence Trent, ChessBase DVD (2014).
Follows the games of GM Gawain Jones to present an aggressive but modern Grand Prix system. I own this item but have not had a chance to review it closely.
Nuke the Sicilian by Dana Mackenzie, ChessLecture.com DVD (2013)
A series of lectures on the Bryntse Gambit line 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Ng5 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bg4, when White sacrifices the Queen for two pieces with 6.Bxf7+ Kd7 7.Qxg4+ Nxg4 8.Be6+ etc. Includes a bonus lecture by GM Jesse Kraai. All lectures first appeared at ChessLecture.com and are available there for those with a subscription. This was the first DVD produced by ChessLecture.com because of the popularity of LM Mackenzie's very interesting presentation on the concepts that he developed (after many games vs the computer) that helped him win in Mackenzie - Pruess, Western States Open 2006. Also available at House of Staunton.
"A Venomous Sicilian According to Saidali Yuldashev" by Rustam Khusnutdinov, New in Chess Yearbook #108 (2013): 63-68. This article explores the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6, which is related (and often transposes) to the Grand Prix with Bb5. This approach is also discussed by Bryan Smith (2013), Matthieu Cornette (2011), Gawain Jones (2008), and Paul Motwani (1998), the latter of whom recommends meeting 3...Nd4 with 4.Nf3!? Sample games include Gubaydulin - Golubev, Uzbekistan 2008; Tiviakov - Arlandi, Mondariz 2000; Yuldashev - Nguyen Ahn Dung, Dhaka 1997; Yuldashev - Fier, Turin 2006; Tiviakov - Maze, Montreal 2009; Kasimdzhanov - Afek, Vlissingen 2003; Petrosian - Ferrufino, Istanbul 2012; Hou - Wan, China 2012; Tiviakov - Van der Wiel, Leeuwarden 2004; Bartel - Koch, Eilat 2012; Macieja - Haznedaroglu, Antalya 2004; Cornette - Cochet, France 2009; and Jones - Abhishek, Erevan 2007.
"Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix, Part 4" by Bryan Smith, ChessLecture.com (May. 28, 2013). A 40:34 online video discussing Tiviakov's 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5. Membership required.
"Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix, Part 3" by Bryan Smith, ChessLecture.com (May. 21, 2013). A 29:21 online video discussing Tiviakov's 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5. Membership required.
"Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix, Part 2" by Bryan Smith, ChessLecture.com (May 14, 2013). A 37:21 online video discussing Tiviakov's 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5. Membership required.
"Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix, Part 1" by Bryan Smith, ChessLecture.com (May. 7, 2013). A 29:08 online video introducing the Tiviakov System with 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5, which will often transpose to the Grand Prix Attack but can also present other attacking ideas. Membership required.
The Grand Prix Attack by Evgeny Sveshnikov, New in Chess (2013). Table of contents and excerpt online. This is one of those "must-have" books for any serious student of the Grand Prix, but it will be sure to disappoint the majority of Grand Prix players because of how little attention it devotes to the popular 2.Nc3 lines (covered in Chapter 5, on pages 151-188, with only brief mention elsewhere). Sveshnikov's goal, though, is to discuss the lines following 1.e4 c5 2.f4 (B21) from the perspective of both White and Black, focusing only on GM-quality ideas (so off-beat lines like the Bryntse are not even mentioned -- though, honestly, most people would consider any game starting 1.e4 c5 2.f4 slightly "off-beat" today). Sveshnikov's prejudices are clearly on display, with statements against the McDonnell French (to which he gives a "?!" in the historical introduction -- though he later suggests that 1.e4 c5 2.f4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e5 "is quite an ambitious continuation" ) and the popular line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4, where he says 6.a4 is "the only way to fight for the advantage" . I was also disappointed that, in the "short historical introduction," the editors presented a picture of George Alcock MacDonnell as that of Alexander McDonnell (of whom a picture has never been found, according to Edward Winter). But, those issues aside, there is a lot here to like and learn from. Most of my readers will likely be most interested in those few games with Nc3, which include: Adams - Anand, Groningen 1997; Lazarevic - Volpert, Leningrad 1964; Campora - Khalifman, New York 1998; Hodgson - Speelman, Brighton 1980; Hebden - DeFirmian, London 1986; Hebden - Umesh, Glasgow 1995; Anand - Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee 1996; Topalov - Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee 1996; Short - Gelfand, Brussels 1991; Anand - Sveshnikov, Moscow 1987; and Sale - Sveshnikov, Dubai 2001 (notice that many are by transposition from 2.f4). For those interested in learning more about the fascinating 1.e4 c5 2.f4 lines: buy the book!
Winning with the Grand Prix Attack Bb5 System by Eugene Perelshteyn, OnlineChessLessons.net (2013). GM Perelshteyn does an excellent job of presenting the repertoire he developed with GM Dzindzichashvili, which was documented in Chess Openings for White, Explained, in this nicely produced 2-hour video Though most of the material here was covered in the book or has been discussed by Dzindzi on video, I still found it useful to have GM Perelshteyn's commentary on his own games with these lines, including Perelshteyn - Shahade, US Junior 1998 and Perelshteyn - Ibrahimov, Menorca 1996.
"Aggressive Pawn Moves to Open Up Files" by Eugene Perelshteyn, ChessLecture.com (May. 10, 2013). A 14:29 video featuring the game Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Nick Faulks in the Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack (B23). Membership required.
"King Hunt in the Grand Prix Attack" by Eugene Perelshteyn, ChessLecture.com (Apr. 10, 2013). Features the game Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Gregory Shahade in the Grand Prix Attack (B23). Membership required.
"Maybe Tomorrow - Opening Lanes #171" by Gary Lane, ChessCafe (March 2013)
A 99-cent download of Gary Lane's column, partly devoted to Bb5 in the Grand Prix.
"Bryntse Gambit" by BigGStikman at Chess.com (December 2012)
"Refuting the Grand Prix Attack" by Andrew Martin, ChessBase (November 2012)
IM Martin offers several games that illustrate the dangers of White's Bc4 and f5 attack in the Grand Prix before introducing his video (see below) where he offers the antidote 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.O-O e6 7.f5 exf5 8.d3 Nge7 9.Qe1 h6!
"Modern Opening Miniatures, Game 3" by Eugene Perelshteyn, ChessLecture.com (Aug. 31, 2012). Discusses the game Carlsen - Topalov, Monaco Amber 2011. Membership required.
"When Two Pieces Beat a Queen" by Tim Harding, Kibitzer #190 at ChessCafe (March 2012)
IM Tim Harding presents a tour de force treatment of the Bryntse Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3!? dxe4 4.Ng5), focusing on the Queen-sac line made famous by Dana Mackenzie which arises after 4...Nf6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.Qxg4! Nxg4 7.Bxf7+ Kd7 8.Be6+ Kc6 9.Bxg4. At the end of the article I get a nice mention for my article on the Bryntse-Faj, which features 4.Ne5!? instead of 4.Ng5. Too bad they messed up the link!
"A Game of Shadows - Opening Lanes #158" by Gary Lane at ChessCafe (February 2012). Examines the game Gawain Jones – Artur Zarkaj, European Cup, Kallithea 2008 in the Grand Prix with Bc4.
"Declining Freddie? How about Eddie?" by Junior Tay, New in Chess Yearbook #103 (2012): 98-103. An article on the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.d3 Nf6 7.O-O O-O 8.Qe1 e6 9.f5!? which is playable due to the idea of 9...d5 10.e5!? Tay presents his own analysis and sample games, which include Tay - Tan, Singapore 2012; Milliet - l'Ami, Plovdiv 2003; Sabirova - Zhao, Doha 2006; Nepomniachtchi - Van Haastert, Wijk aan Zee 2007; and Tay - Bacherier, Internet 2012. Download PGN online.
Killer Grand Prix by Gawain Jones, ChessCube (2011)
An excellent 5 hour and 30 minute presentation by Gawain Jones that does a great job of setting forth an attacking repertoire for White in the Grand Prix, based loosely on his "Starting Out" book. Features the games Jones - Zarkaj, European Cup 2008; Jones - Wall, 2010; Jones - Bates, England 2010; Jones - Van der Nat, Cape Town 2009 (copare Adams - Anand); Jones - Garner, Australia 2010; Jones - Rublevsky, European Blitz 2010; Jones - Satyapragyan, Syndney 2009; Jones - Orlov, European Ch 2008; Jones - Ashwin, World Junior Yerevan 2007; Jones - Abhishek, Jones - Nijboer, Groningen 2004; Jones - Carlin, London League 2010; and McShane - Cheparinov, European Team 2009, among others.
The Other Bryntse Gambit by Michael Goeller, Kenilworth Chess Club (December 2011)
An original article on the "Bryntse-Faj": 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5! 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Ne5!? I unearthed 25 game scores (most previously unknown) and contributed some analysis. Fellow chess blogger Dana Mackenzie generously contributed notes on his three games with the line (played before he switched to "Nuking" the Sicilian with 4.Ng5). See also the related blog post on "The Bryntse-Faj Gambit."
Roman's Lab #102: Killing the Sicilian with the Grand Prix Attack!! by Roman Dzindzichashvili, ChessDVDs.com (2011). A 2 hour and 30 minute DVD that discusses many of GM Roman Dzindzichashvili's recent and unpublished ICC blitz games vs. strong opposition. I really like this video because it presents some original games that demonstrate interesting ideas (such as the attack on Black's d-pawn after a Knight exchange at d4) which have wide application in the Grand Prix.
"Pulling Ahead in the Grand Prix" by Dennis Monokroussos, ChessLecture.com (Oct. 6, 2011). A 31:23 video discussing Polgar - Dominguez Perez in the Grand Prix Attack (B23). Membership required.
"Avoiding the Najdorf Variation" by Sergey Tiviakov, New in Chess Yearbook #99 (2011): 50-59. Download PGN.
"Facing an Aggressive Line" by Zaven Andriasian, New in Chess Yearbook #99 (2011): 55-59. Download PGN. Sample games include Popov - Andriasian, Kirishi 2007; Sabirov - Vovk, Tashkent 2008; Jones - Zarkaj, Kallithea 2008; Parligras - Horvat, Cluj 2008; Conquest - Villavicencio, La Laguna 2008; Gdanski - Sammalvuo, Myyrmanni 1999; Khalifman - Savon, Moscow 1992; Kulaots - Wunnink, Tallinn 2000; Short - Oll, Tallinn 1998; and Zilberman - Iosif, Bucharest 1997.
"Tiviakov Grand Prix" by Matthieu Cornette, Experts on the Anti-Sicilian edited by Jacob Aagard and John Shaw, Quality Chess (2011): 317-389.
"Aronian Wins the Last Amber" by Lubomir Kavalek, Huffington Post (March 2011)
Analyzes the game Carlsen - Topalov, Monaco Amber 2011. Also available at ChessBase.
"The Big Clamp" by Michael Goeller, Kenilworth Chess Club (2011). Includes a link to a game collection at Chessgames.com. Documents IM Lawrence Day's "big clamp" theme, with some discussion of how this line relates to the Grand Prix.
Chess Openings for White, Explained: Winning with 1.e4, 2nd Revised and Fully Updated Edition, by Lev Alburt, Roman Dzindzichashvili, and Eugene Perelshteyn, Chess Information and Research Center (2010): 209-245. This section does not seem significantly revised from the first edition, which I reviewed online with analysis of the Grand Prix.
"The Grand Prix with Na3!?" by Michael Goeller, The Kenilworthian (2010).
Analyzes the interesting amateur game Pullin - Villarreal, 1st North American Amateur Closed, Skokie, IL USA 2010, where White played a "Big Clamp"- or Zvjagintsev-inspired Na3 in the Grand Prix with 2.f4.
"Left Hook Grand Prix Videos" by Michael Goeller, The Kenilworthian (2010).
This was the last post I made on the Left Hook Grand Prix, which usually arises via the move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.a3!? White waits for Black to commit himself to either 5...e6 (which can be met with the "left hook" 6.b4!?) or 5...d6 (which can be met with 6.Bc4 -- when the Bishop has a nice retreat square later). In this post, I discuss two excellent videos by Matt Pullin about the line and give links to all of my previous posts on this line as well.
"Concepts in the Grand Prix Attack 2" by GM Melikset Khachiyan, Chess.com (Dec. 30, 2009)
"Concepts in the Grand Prix Attack 1" by GM Melikset Khachiyan, Chess.com (Dec. 26, 2009). Two lectures on the Grand Prix attack for amateur players. Membership required.
Auf Sieg spielen gegen Sizilianisch. Reinhold Ripperger, Verlag Chess Coach (2009). Download PDF sample.
"My Best Games from SPICE III; Part II; My Miniature in the Grand Prix Bb5" by Eugene Perelshteyn, ChessLecture.com (Oct. 7, 2009). A 16:03 video discussing the game Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Andre Diamant (2009) in the Grand Prix Attack (B23). Membership required.
The f4 Sicilian by GM Nigel Davies, ChessBase (2009)
Running Time: 4 hrs. Less a repertoire DVD than an interesting overview of the Grand Prix, practically in historical perspective, beginning with 1.e4 c5 2.f4 and ending with 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 lines.
"The Expanded Grand Prix Attack - Part II" by Efstratios Grivas, New in Chess Yearbook #92 (2009): 67- 70. Discusses the "Vinken Attack" line with 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Bb5 Bg7. Sample games include Melero Fidalgo - Khamrakulov, Navalmoral 2007 and Wippermann - Mamedov, Izmir 2006 (both very deeply commented). Games in PGN.
"The Expanded Grand Prix Attack - Part I" by Efstratios Grivas, New in Chess Yearbook #91 (2009): 72 - 79. Discusses the Bc4 attack line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7 6.O-O e6 7.d3 Nge7 8.Qe1 from the Black perspective. Main sample games (all deeply annotated) include Lilov - Baramidze, Plovdiv 2008; Polgar - Gelfand, Pamplona 1999-2000; and Hellers - Gelfand, Novi Sad ol 1990. Games in PGN.
Starting Out: Grand Prix Attack by Gawain Jones, Everyman Chess (2008). This is a very good book full of interesting ideas and inspiring games. Main games include Jones - Abhishek, World Junior Yerevan 2007; Macieja - Alvarez, Bermuda 2001; Hellers - Gelfand, Novi Sad Olympiad 1990; Rogers - Johansson, Reykjavik 2006; Lazic - Ninov, Novi Sad 1992; Meister - Manic, Pardubice 1995; Alexa Ivanov - Abeln, Dutch Open Ch 1992; Paschall - Bakre, Budapest 2001; Giorgadze - Corral Blanco, Spanish Team Ch 2003; Benjamin - Smith, Philadelphia World Open 2006; Minasian - Petrosian, Yerevan 2004; Macieja - Wells, European Championship Warsaw 2005; Jones - Agopov, European Team Ch Crete 2007; Jones - Gelashvili, European Team Ch Crete 2007; Adams - Anand, Groningen 1997; Jones - Van Wely; Polgar - Topalov, Dortmund 1996; London 2007; Short - Oll, Tallinn 1998; Chandler - Schenk, British League 2006; Anand - Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee 1996; Mitkov - Alvarez, Istanbul ol 2000; Iuldachev - El Arousy, Abu Dhabi 2003; Ekebjaerg - Lundholm, Correspondence 1989; Lutton - Dougherty, Isle of Man 2002; Jones - Arakhamia, British League 2006; Tiviakov - Kurnosov, Istanbul 2003; Giorgadze - Kouatly, Manila ol 1992; Harikrishna - Bu Xiangzhi, Tiayuan 2005; Lobron - Andruet, Marseilles 1989; Najer - Kron, Moscow 1998; Kosten - Arakhamia, Aosta 1990; Hernandez - Minzer, Mislata 2000; Jones - Stojanovski, Pula 2007; Jones - Eppinger, Calvia 2006; Macieja - Haznedaroglu, Antalya 2004; Jones - Horvath, Fuegen 2006; Jones - Sarkar, Gibraltar 2007; Jones - Nijboer, Groningen 2004; Jones - Devereaux, Swansea 2006; Spassky - Kasparov, Reykjavik 1988; and Svidler - Leko, Dortmund 2004.
The Art of Bisguier: Selected Games 1961-2003 by Arthur B. Bisguier & Newton Berry, Russell Enterprises, Inc. (2008). Features several games with Bisguier's signature 1.e4 c5 2.f4 Grand Prix. He also used a Grand Prix system vs. the English.
"Fun with the Left Hook Grand Prix" by Michael Goeller, Kenilworth Chess Club (2008).
"The Left Hook Grand Prix with a3" by Michael Goeller, Kenilworth Chess Club (2008). This is my most complete analysis of the "Left Hook" Grand Prix with 5.a3.
"A Black Repertoire Against the Morra and the Grand Prix Attack" by Efstrafios Grivas, New in Chess Yearbook #88 (2008): 66-71. Focused on 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5! as an equalizing line, as seen in Short - Kasparov, Paris 1990.
Fighting the Anti-Sicilians by Richard Palliser, Everyman Chess (2007): 127-180. Recommends the early ...e6 lines, which are completely in keeping with the overall repertoire of the book (which should appeal most to players who prefer early ...e6 lines in the open Sicilian as well).
Grand Prix Attack, Explained by Michael Goeller, The Kenilworthian (2006). A close analysis of the game Benjamin - Smith, World Open 2006 and Iuldachev - El Arousy, Abu Dhabi 2003, while the associated blog post provided a review of the book The Openings for White, Explained.
Roman's Forum #33 by Roman Dzindzichashvivli, Chess DVDs (2006). Following the repertoire presented in his Chess Openings for White, Explained, in a very compact (60 minute) format. He does simplify the repertoire slightly by focusing on the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.Bd3 rather than the more complex 6.O-O! that was the focus of his and Perelshteyn's work. The remaining two hours of the video mostly covers other lines from Chess Openings for White, Explained, including the Two Knights Defense and Giuoco Piano. Among the games discussed are Benjamin - Geller, Lone Pine 1980; Dzindzichashvili - Huebner, Tilburg 1985; and Ljubojevic - Kasparov, Linares 1991.
"Avoiding the Najdorf" (B23) by Viktor Gavrikov, ChessBase Magazine #116 (2006). Discusses the anti-Najdorf move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 when Black usually plays 3...g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.e5 Nc6 7.Bb5 which presents challenges to Black. Sample games include Romanishin - Portisch, Tilburg 1979; Christiansen - Ftacinik, Groningen 1991; Certic - Szuhanek, Belgrade 1995; Romanishin - Rashkovsky, Moscow 1976; Nakamura - Castellanos, Pan Am Ch U20 2002; Romanishin - Ftacnik, Biel 1988; Romanishin - Ilincic, Lvov-Belgrade 1993; Pogosian - Yagupov, RUS Cup 2003; Turov - Sakaev, Russia Internet Cup Final 2004; Nakamura - Karjakin, Cuernavaca 2004; Adams - Anand, FIDE KO 1997; and Heberla - Neelotpal, Marianske Lazne 2006. This article is available in the ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia.
There are game collections at ChessTempo, 365 Chess, and Sjakkapninger, as well as Grand Prix Attack and B23 Sicilian at Chessgames.