Instead black tries to attack the center with this minor pieces from the sides and then once the foundation is in place, then looks to undermine the center control that white usually has. There are three main lines in the Grunfeld Defense. The exchange variation is the main line and is what most players study for when approaching the Grunfeld Defense. Black allows white to completely dominate the center with his pawns while black focuses all his energy on the d4 square. Instead of using his spacial advantage in the center, white is forced to respond to the threat on d4 and focus all his energy on defending the d4 pawn. With all the pawns and pieces aimed at the center early on with no other strategy in mind, things can quickly turn for the worst if one of the sides looses focus.
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If my memory serves me right, the Russian system is playable but black will have to fight tooth and nail. MadBishop : I recently played a cc game with white against the grunfeld. After 1. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 8. Much thanks! At least Lalic does in his book on the Grunfeld.
Be2 cxd4 Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Luckily White is in a good position to whip something up. But on ICC me and another chessgamer spent perhaps a dozen rapid games exploring a pet variation of mine: I won a few of these games right off the bat as he struggled with this new idea, but before long he hit upon the refutation, forcing me to stop playing it altogether.
Bc4 traps the queen! Qa4 But now it loses a piece to But now I like Rb4 Qd7 O-O and I think White is a little bit better here than in the normal mainline O-O because the rook really controls a lot of squares from b4, the Black queen looks sort of silly blocking in the bishop like that, and Nc6 can be neutralized with Bb5.
Well after some thought what we figured out was After Ng5 is no big deal. Qe6 all but refutes it, therefore the textbook MadBishop : Here is the completed game I was refering to earlier: 1.
Be2 b6 9. Be3 Qc7 Nd2 b5 Bf3 Bxf3
The Gruenfeld Defence
Interestingly enough, there has been quite a lot of development with the long-known positional exchange sacrifice 10…Bg4 Bd3 cxd4 The attack against the black king will be very dangerous, but with exact play the defender can hold equality. The idea
Gruenfeld Defence Powerbase 2019