"The newest trend in the Grunfeld"

by ChessBase
6/24/2022 – Each issue of the ChessBase Magazine offers a wealth of information and ideas for players who want to refine and sharpen their opening repertoire. In CBM #208, the next issue of the ChessBase Magazine, which will appear in a few days, GM Dorian Rogozenco offers a video in which he analyses a popular line of the Grunfeld in considerable depth, and in an article he now presents the most important lines and ideas of this variation. Here are the article and the video!

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The present article presents a fashionable variation of the Gruenfeld Defence, which helped German GM Matthias Bluebaum to score an important victory in the European Championship 2022 and to become European Champion 2022.

In this variation of the Grunfeld White sacrifices a pawn for a long-term initiative and to avoid suffering Black needs to know exactly what to do.

The fact that in the same tournament few rounds later Black repeated the whole line and prepared a novelty on move 28 shows how quickly the theory can develop these days.


Dorian Rogozenco: Gruenfeld Defence 8.Bb5+

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