Grandmaster Boris Avrukh wrote a classic two volume set on a chess repertoire for White with 1.d4 based largely on the pawn moves 1.d4, 2.c4 and 3.g3. The popularity of this set-up among many of the world's best players shows these openings are excellent. Personally I have enjoyed some success with these lines and love his books. The first volume 1 has a new edition volume 1A due for release April 29, 2015.
Five years ago I played these lines quite a bit as White. Below in a Benko Gambit we reached the variation where White holds back e2-e4 and plays g3 and Bg2. This allows White to castle before engaging in the middlegame. The Boris Avrukh lines are excellent. Of course White still has to play well after the initial moves. My opponent Fuerte2004 demonstrated that Black has threats which must be handled wisely. My move 18.e4? threw away my advantage and led to the loss of the game about five moves later.
Sawyer (2098) - Fuerte2004 (2070), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 09.06.2010 begins 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.g3 d6 8.Bg2 Bg7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Rb1 [11.Qc2!?] 11...Qa5 [Stockfish likes 11...Ng4 12.Bd2+/=] 12.Bd2 Rfb8 13.Qc2 Nb6 [13...Qc7! 14.b3=] 14.b3 Nbd7 [14...Qa3 15.Bc1 Qa5 16.Rd1+/=] 15.Rfe1 Ng4 16.h3 Nge5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.e4? [Right square; wrong piece. 18.Ne4 Qc7 19.Bc3+/=] 18...Bd3 19.Qc1 Bxb1 20.Qxb1 Qa6 21.f4 Nd3 22.Re3 Nb4 23.a4 Bd4 White resigns 0-1
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