Category Archives: Grunfeld Trends 2013

d4ChessNews Blog 2013-March-07 Posts

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Two games from TWIC 956 are presented.

  • Game 1 shows how harmful poor preparation can be for black.
  • Game 2 shows a nice attack in the 7.Qa4+ exchange variation after some enterprising play from white and some cooperative defence from black. 

Game 1
Black made an odd opening choice as Avrukh already analyzed to move 23 as clear advantage for white in 1.d4 Vol2(Quality Chess 2009). No improvement was shown and white put an a nice endgame display to claim the win.

This game serves as a warning for unprepared Grunfeld players.

Borovikov,V (2557) – Mladenov,P (2421)
Grunfeld g3 10.Re1 e5[D76]
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (3.22), 25.02.2013

White to Play

27…Qf8
Game 2
The search for weapons to use against the Grunfeld continues. The disruptive check 7.Qa4+ produced a complex game after 7…Qd7 but the result of the game was not related to the opening.

Vishnu,P (2483) – Adhiban,Baskaran (2547)
Grunfeld Exchange 7.Qa4+ Qd7[D85]
33rd TCh-IND 2013 Hyderabad IND (8.1), 25.02.2013

White to Play

26…f6

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Grunfeld Trends 2013 Trends(TWIC 953)

Here is an interesting idea(17.Qb4) in the Russian System played in the Moscow Open by Volkov,S from the recent TWIC 953.

Volkov,Sergey1 (2593) – Artemiev,V (2502)
Grunfeld Russian System 7…Bg4[D98]
Moscow Open A 2013 MoscowRUS (9.12), 10.02.2013

Position 1
White is pressing the whole board while black is saddled with awkwardly placed minor pieces. What should white do now?

White to Play

19…Nc8

Grunfeld Trends 2013-TWIC 952 4.e3 Bg7(D80)

Here is a harmless looking anti-Grunfeld idea fresh from this week’s TWIC 952 and was played in the Bundesliga.

Tregubov,P (2601) – Tazbir,M (2555)
4.e3 Bg7[D80]
Bundesliga 2012–13 EssenGER (8), 03.02.2013

Position 1
White has more space and is ready to press the kingside. What do you suggest for white?

  • 35.g5
  • 35.f5
  • Somthing else
White to Play

34…Nd7

Grunfeld Trends 2013-01(TWIC 950)

Here is a game from TCh-AUT (TWIC 950-Jan 22) with GM Erdos(HUN) defending the Grunfeld in the popular Be3 Exchange Variation.

Baramidze,D (2615) – Erdos,V (2640)
7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3[D85]
TCh-AUT 2012–13 Graz AUT (7.1), 20.01.2013

Position 1
After 20…Bf5, black seems to have a satisfactory position with the QBB pointing menacing at the queenside and Nb4 in support. What should white play?

White to Play

20…Bf5