NEW - Andrew Martin: The Grünfeld Formula

3/6/2021 – The story goes that a low-rated player once bravely asked Viktor Korchnoi his advice about what opening to play against a stronger opponent. “Play Grünfeld” was the grumpy reply. “Play Grünfeld against everything apart from 1 e4.” Andrew Martin has no way of verifying this story, but it certainly inspired him to think about whether this was possible, and the end result is this new ChessBase course. One of our most famous and beloved Fritztrainers finally strikes back, and presents great ideas to go for the Grünfeld.

The Grünfeld Formula The Grünfeld Formula

Naturally, a universal approach using ...Nf6, ...g7-g6 and ...d7-d5 as the base would be very useful for players of all classes, saving time and energy and promising a fluid, dynamic position.

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Andrew Martin: The Grünfeld Formula

Naturally, a universal approach using ...Nf6, ...g7-g6 and ...d7-d5 as the base would be very useful for players of all classes, saving time and energy and promising a fluid, dynamic position.

I’ve found Korchnoi’s advice to be mostly true, but there are a few important exceptions when Black can do better than just trot out the Grünfeld Formula. Look out for those differences! This is a course full of opening ideas and suggestions for Black, against all of:

  • 1. b3
  • 1. b4

King’s Indian Attack

  • 1. f4
  • 1. c4
  • 1. Nf3

QP Systems including London, Torre, Trompowski, Barry Attack, Colle, Stonewall.
A comprehensive list!

  • Video running time: 6 hours (English)
  • Exclusive database with model games

The Grünfeld Formula

Naturally, a universal approach using ...Nf6, ...g7-g6 and ...d7-d5 as the base would be very useful for players of all classes, saving time and energy and promising a fluid, dynamic position.


Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master. Martin received his title as international master in1984. He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator at the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000 and commentated at the British Championship for 20 years, before retiring in 2017.

Andrew Martin | Photo: John Upham

Martin lives in Bramley, England and still teaches extensively.



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