I became an IM in 1997 and a GM in 2013. Many of my students have asked me when I will start writing
a book, because they know that I like writing and explaining things.
This book is definitely not a book full of theoretical lines. Of course, I will give some advice if possible
and necessary. But the main purpose is to explain the structures that can result from double fianchettoed
The reader will find five chapters with structures from the white side and six chapters with structures
from the black side. The last chapter is a mixed one, with games from both sides. The main — and
longest — part will be the first chapter, with games and analyses of my own main weapon starting with
Nf3, g3 and b3 against the King’s Indian and Grünfeld. I will show the reader a few games of my own and
also games from Kramnik and Andersson, two of my favourite players.
I have learned a lot from their games myself. I have played those structures for nearly 25 years and one
of my sons also now starts with 1.Nf3.
During my years of playing chess I tried many possible openings with White and Black, but I was only
successful with fianchettoing one, or even better both, bishops.