Category Archives: Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit The Indian Defences

Verifying Schandorff-Grunfeld:Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences

Here is Game #33 from Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012).

Brunsteins- Neven
Grunfeld Russian System 7…Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.0–0–0 c6 [D98]
Corr email 2009

Position 1
There is an attack in the air on the kingside. How should white proceed?

White to Play


Verifying Schandorff on the Grunfeld Defence:Playing 1.d4

The Grunfeld Defence is a tough nut to crack for the 1.d4 player. Schandorff proposes some ideas in the 5.Qb3 Russian System.

9.0-0-0 is idea against the Smyslov variation in the Russian System.

Here Game #35 Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012).

Grunfeld Russian Sysem 7…Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.0–0–0 Nb6[D97]
Ch-RUS Rapid Olginka RUS(11),26.04.2011

Position 1
The queen regrouping Qc5-g5 has given white attacking chances. What do you suggest for white now?

White to Play


Trends in the KID Saemisch 9.Rc1(E84) 2012(TWIC 944)

Schandorf’s repertoire line against the KID Saemish Panno(in Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences),

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Nge2 a6 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.Rc1!? is proving to be an effective line against the …b5 idea.


Here is a recent game in this line from TWIC 944. Black won the game but this was not the fault of the opening.

Nikolov,Mo(2542)-Cabezas Ayala,I(2315)
King’s Indian Saemish Panno 9.Rc1[E84]
XVIII Navalmoral Open ESP(2.8),06.12.2012

Position 1

White to Play

Position 2
Black has an extra pawn but there are opposite color bishops. Assess the position. Does white have realistic drawing chances? What is the plan for black to squeeze the most from the position?
Black to Play

Trends in the KID Saemish 2012(TWIC 944)

Here a recent game from TWIC 944 in the topic King’s Indian Saemish which was the repertoire recommendation of Schandorff in Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences


Nikolov,Mo(2542) – Lorenzo de la Riva,L(2465)
King’s Indian Saemisch 6…e5[E89]
XVIII Navalmoral Open Navalmoral de la Mata ESP(6.4),08.12.2012

Position 1
White is preparing for a long positional siege. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

Position 2
There is no tactical confrontation at the moment. This is time to form a plan for the next stage of the game. Suggest an idea for white
  • 21.Bh6 to soften up the kingside for attack. This is logical as white already has the g-file to work with
  • 21.Kf2 to connect the rook. White can achieve nothing without coordination between all pieces
  • 21.Rc1 to take the c-file. This is a logical idea as Ra1 was doing nothing useful
  • Something else
White to Play
Position 3
White has been trying to break down black’s position for a long time now but after 72…Qh3 black seems to be getting some counterplay. What do you suggest for white?
White to Play

Verifying Schandorff-Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit The Indian Defences

GM Lars Schandorff proposes 2.Bg5 against the Dutch Defence in Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012).

GM Lars Schandorff
Photo Thorbjørn Rosenlund

His book(s) include many correspondance games. For more on correspondance chess, see Iccf..

‘Announcing the 25th World Champion!

Thursday, December 13, 2012: GM Fabio Finocchiaro
After 3 years of play and with only one game remaining, the 25th World Championship Final has a winner and New World Champion, GM Fabio Finocchiaro from Italy!…(more).’

Here is my analysis of game #72 which went 2.Bg5 g6 3.Nc3 d5 and white won a model game.

This was a hard game to analyze as the critical mistake for black is not easy to identify. After white sets up with Qd2/f3, black’s game just kept slipping downhill. Maybe the key improvement for black is 3…Bg7 as 3…d5 is not very appealing(for black).

Douglas,Steve R – Krzyzanowski,Antoni
Dutch 2.Bg5 g6 3.Nc3 d5 [A80]
WCCC33PR04 ICCF server, 20.04.2009

Position 1
White has opened the g-file sucessfully and has pressure. What is the best way to continue?

White to Play


Verifying Schandorff Playing 1.d4 Indian Defences

Schandorff proposes the Saemisch against the King’s Indian but black can transpose into a Maroczy Bind. The repertoire plan revolves around game #24 where in the main line, Schandorff goes against common practice and proposes trading dark bishops for an attack.

Here is the key game.

Moiseenko,A (2715) – Guseinov,G (2625)
Maroczy Bind via King’s Indian[E81]
8th World Teams Ningbo CHN (5), 21.07.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.Be2 a5 11.0–0 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bc6 13.Kh1 Nd7 14.Bxg7!? Kxg7 15.f4
The basic idea is to get an kingside attack going. White has Nd5 and Re3-h3 in mind(with Qh6) and either central pawn break f5 or e5 is possible.

Critical Position 1
White has just attacked the queen with 19.Rb3. What do you suggest for black?

  • 19…Qd8
  • 19…Qc7
  • Something else

 Black to Play


Critical Position 2

A sharp rook ending has arisen after 29…d5. Black has two mobile center pawns for counterplay.
Q1 How do you assess the position?
  • Black has enough counterplay to hold
  • The position is unclear
  • Black is slightly better
  • Black is clearly better
  • White is slightly better
  • White is clearly better
  • White is winning

Q2 What should white play now?

White to Play

Verifying Schandorff:Grunfeld Russian System 7..Na6

Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012) presents a wealth of repertoire ideas. Here let’s take a closer look at the Russian System against 7…Na6 in the Grunfeld.

Schandorff  recommends 15.a3!? against the Prins(7..Na6) and analyzes an old correspondance game to support this idea.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0–0 7.e4 Na6 8.Be2 c5 9.d5 e6 10.0–0 exd5 11.exd5 Re8 12.Rd1 Bf5 13.d6 h6 14.Bf4 Nd7 15.a3

Let us see the key game (#39 in Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences).

Ihlenfeld,Eckart (GER) – Bekemann,Uwe (GER)
Grunfeld Russian System 7…Na6 [D97]
Germany BFM corr BdF, 1998
The fast advance of the d-pawn is a double-edged sword. The pawn has a disruptive cramping effect but can itself become a target.

Position 1
Here I am proposing an novelty for black as an improvement. In the game black played 16…Nb8 but I think black can do better. What do you propose?
-Stay with 16…Nb8
-Play a different(better) move

Black to Play

Veriying Schandorff: The Benko Gambit 5.f3

GM Schandorff proposes the line 5.f3 for the task of beating up the Benko Gambit in Playing 1.d4 The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012). There is a key sacrificial (12.Nfd5!?) idea at the heart of the active 5…e6 response that needs close checking.

He devotes three games to this idea and has some far reaching analysis that I checked as part of the analysis of the following recent game.

Croad,N (2255) – Samhouri,B (2244)
5.f3 e6[A57]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR (7.43), 04.09.2012[Yip]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.f3 Key point. This line is not so popular but Schandorff believes it is due for a comeback.[Yip] 5…e6 The most challenging defence.[Yip] 6.e4 exd5 7.e5 Qe7 8.Qe2 Ng8 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Nh3 c4 11.Nf4 Qc5 Diagram

Key point. This is a fantastic idea that is analyzed in games 59-61 in Playing 1.d4: Indian Defences by Schandorff(Quality Chess 2012). This sacrificial idea is one of the backbone ideas behind the f3 repertoire.

Key Position 1
White is indicating an attack with his last move. White has the strong bishops and mobile pawns for the piece while black has trouble getting the queenside pieces to coordinate. What do you think black should do? Here I am proposing  a small improvement for black. Maybe you will find it too.

Black to Play