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Grunfeld, Russian (D97)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Qb3 dxc4 6 Qxc4 O-O
7 e4

Number of games in database: 1061
Years covered: 1935 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 34.7%
   Black wins 22.8%
   Draws 42.5%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Gennady Sosonko  29 games
Jeroen Piket  24 games
Evgeny Bareev  19 games
Peter Svidler  27 games
Garry Kasparov  17 games
Peter Leko  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986
Anand vs Svidler, 1999
Kasparov vs Svidler, 1999
Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1988
Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1960
Onischuk vs L Dominguez, 2008
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 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,061  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Euwe vs Alekhine 1-036 1935 Alekhine-Euwe World Championship MatchD97 Grunfeld, Russian
2. S Landau vs Rellstab 1-034 1937 KemeriD97 Grunfeld, Russian
3. Gilg vs Pelikan  1-071 1937 PragueD97 Grunfeld, Russian
4. V Mikenas vs J Enevoldsen  1-080 1939 BuenosD97 Grunfeld, Russian
5. Feigin vs Szabo  1-023 1939 KemeriD97 Grunfeld, Russian
6. Szabo vs G Barcza  1-044 1939 Makovetz memD97 Grunfeld, Russian
7. P Dubinin vs Botvinnik  ½-½41 1940 USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
8. V Mikenas vs E Gerstenfeld  0-137 1940 USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
9. Tartakower vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-026 1940 ParisD97 Grunfeld, Russian
10. Kmoch vs Prins 1-017 1940 AmsterdamD97 Grunfeld, Russian
11. K Junge vs H Heinicke 1-036 1941 Hamburg Nordmark-ConD97 Grunfeld, Russian
12. Stahlberg vs Najdorf  ½-½40 1943 Mar del Plata ;HCL 24D97 Grunfeld, Russian
13. Najdorf vs Illesco  1-033 1945 Mar del PlataD97 Grunfeld, Russian
14. Lilienthal vs Kamyshov 1-038 1946 09D97 Grunfeld, Russian
15. M Luckis vs E Reinhardt  1-035 1946 Mar del Plata ARGD97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. Jacobo Bolbochan vs J de Souza Mendes  ½-½43 1946 Mar del Plata ARGD97 Grunfeld, Russian
17. M Luckis vs H Carlos  ½-½27 1946 Mar del Plata ARGD97 Grunfeld, Russian
18. M Riedmiller vs L Endzelins 1-018 1946 Augsburg GERD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. P Tautvaisas vs R Arlauskas 0-117 1946 Augsburg GERD97 Grunfeld, Russian
20. Bidev vs Gligoric  0-158 1946 YUG-chD97 Grunfeld, Russian
21. Bronstein vs Lilienthal  ½-½22 1947 PiarnuD97 Grunfeld, Russian
22. Bronstein vs O Bogatyrev 1-026 1947 Ch MoscowD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. Flohr vs P Dubinin  1-073 1947 USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
24. Flohr vs Lilienthal  ½-½57 1947 TournamentD97 Grunfeld, Russian
25. Alatortsev vs Lilienthal  ½-½40 1947 USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
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Jul-20-04  Helloween: This is the system that I use against the Grünfeld. Black doesn't get the kind of play he was looking for in the exchange variation, and the development of the White pieces pleases me. Most players unfamiliar with this position will play something silly like 7...Nbd7?!
Jul-20-04  tomh72000: Yes, although black can get some pretty interesting counterplay with 7...c6!?, 7...a6 or Kasparov's favourite 7...Na6. Smyslov's idea of ...Bg4, ...Nfd7, ...Nc6 is also very a very interesting plan.
Jul-20-04  Helloween: Interesting is the Queen sac line 7...Nbd7?! 8.e5 Nb6 9.exf6! Nxc4 10.fxg7 Kxg7 11.Bxc4. I think Smyslov's 7...Bg4/Nfd7 plan is the best way for Black to continue from a strategic standpoint. 7...Na6/c7-c5 with the idea of using the c-file is also good.
Jul-20-04  tomh72000: The queen sac is very interesting, I agree, but after 11...Bg4 or even 11...Bf5 black looks a little better to me.
Jul-20-04  Helloween: <tomh72000>I strongly disagree. The position after 11.Bxc4 has been reached about 7 times, with White winning 5 times and drawing 2! It seems as though White has all the play and can play with a draw in hand. Here is a recent example: [Event "AUT-chT2M 0001"]
[Site "Austria"]
[Date "2000.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Hager,Franz"]
[Black "Schoeppl,Engelbert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "D97"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Nbd7 8.e5 Nb6 9.exf6 Nxc4 10.fxg7 Kxg7 11.Bxc4 Bg4 12.Be3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 c6 14.0-0-0 b5 15.Bb3 Qc7 16.h4 h5 17.Kb1 a5 18.f4 e6 19.Rc1 a4 20.Bd1 Qe7 21.Ne4 Rac8 22.Bf3 Rfd8 23.Rhg1 a3 24.b3 Kf8 25.Ng5 Qb4 26.Rgd1 c5 27.dxc5 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 Qc3 29.Bd4 Qb4 30.c6 Rd8 31.c7 1-0

I have played a similar Queen sac in this type of position online before, only in the 4.Qb3 variation of the Grünfeld. The play was almost identical and the Black tried to sac an exchange to destroy the power of my minor pieces, only to end up being overwhelmed and losing in about 40 moves.

Jul-21-04  tomh72000: Fair enough, +5 =2 -0 is a pretty impressive record. I have looked at some of the games, and white does indeed seem to have most of the play. It is probably a draw with best play though.
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