Fast and Furious: New ideas in the Gruenfeld

by Robert Ris
7/25/2019 – This episode IM Robert Ris will examine the exciting Gruenfeld Defence which remains a potent weapon for Black against 1.d4. The live show at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 1 PM EDT) is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. In the diagram, it's White to play and win!

Winning against the Grünfeld Winning against the Grünfeld

The Grünfeld is a highly dynamic opening in which Black's position often seems to hang together by a single thread; and yet, this apparently precarious equilibrium appears to be enough to make it entirely viable — up to the highest level.


Challenging Black

Although the amount of theory is growing by the day, the popularity of the Gruenfeld at both amateur and elite level never seems to cease. In tonight's Fast & Furious show we will take a look at recent developments and particularly the use of White's mobile pawn centre. Magnus Carlsen played two interesting games last month in Norway Chess, in which he quickly launched his h-pawn. In the second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series in Riga, both Grischuk and Mamedyarov came up with some original new ideas to test Vachier-Lagrave in his favourite opening. 

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A preview

The following position has been taken from my analysis of the game Carlsen vs Grischuk in Stavanger. Try to calculate White's path to victory, then try it out against the diagram's built-in engine!


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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.


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