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Grunfeld, Russian (D98)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Qb3 dxc4 6 Qxc4 O-O
7 e4 Bg4

Number of games in database: 199
Years covered: 1941 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 30.7%
   Black wins 25.1%
   Draws 44.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Gennady Sosonko  10 games
Mikhail Botvinnik  4 games
Jeroen Piket  4 games
Vasily Smyslov  11 games
Lubomir Ftacnik  8 games
Vlastimil Jansa  6 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986
Najdorf vs Ragozin, 1948
V Tukmakov vs Smejkal, 1973
F Maurer vs Korchnoi, 2006
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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 199  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J C Balparda vs M Castillo  ½-½311941Aguas de Sao PedroD98 Grunfeld, Russian
2. Kotov vs Smyslov 1-0901945USSR ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
3. G Goldberg vs I Rudakovsky  0-1281945USSR ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
4. Lilienthal vs Smyslov 1-0601946Moscow ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
5. Botvinnik vs Smyslov 1-0501946GroningenD98 Grunfeld, Russian
6. G Ilivitsky vs Suetin  0-1411947URSD98 Grunfeld, Russian
7. S Nedeljkovic vs B Milic  1-0281947YugoslaviaD98 Grunfeld, Russian
8. P Dubinin vs Smyslov  ½-½431947USSR ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
9. K Plater vs Smyslov 0-1701947WarsawD98 Grunfeld, Russian
10. Kotov vs Smyslov  ½-½311947ParnuD98 Grunfeld, Russian
11. Kotov vs Lilienthal  ½-½421947ParnuD98 Grunfeld, Russian
12. Pirc vs B Milic  ½-½731947YUG-chD98 Grunfeld, Russian
13. Pirc vs Gligoric 0-1521947YUG-chD98 Grunfeld, Russian
14. C Kottnauer vs Novotelnov 0-1261947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
15. A Tsvetkov vs Novotelnov  0-1381947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
16. Pachman vs Keres  ½-½331947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
17. Novotelnov vs Smyslov  ½-½181947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
18. Botvinnik vs Smyslov ½-½791948FIDE World Championship TournamentD98 Grunfeld, Russian
19. Radulescu vs Gligoric  0-1631948BudapestD98 Grunfeld, Russian
20. Lilienthal vs Bronstein ½-½251948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD98 Grunfeld, Russian
21. Kotov vs Lilienthal  ½-½231948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD98 Grunfeld, Russian
22. Najdorf vs Ragozin 0-1431948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD98 Grunfeld, Russian
23. N Kulzinski vs Gligoric  0-1381948YUG-ch 4th 1948/49D98 Grunfeld, Russian
24. D Djaja vs Gligoric  0-1351948YUG-ch 4th 1948/49D98 Grunfeld, Russian
25. D Djaja vs A Bozic  ½-½521949YUG-ch 4th 1948/49D98 Grunfeld, Russian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-18-06  Bobak Zahmat: This variation of the Grunfeld isn't played for years now. Is this a bit old fashioned? Or is the current theory has more advantages for White?
Sep-18-06  Bobak Zahmat: Pretty incredible that all the notable games where White wins are from the WC matches between Botvinnik and Smyslov.
Sep-18-06  wharfrat: <Bobak Zahmat> Please keep in mind that there are only 404,000 games in this database and only 126 games in this line over a 61 year period, so you cannot draw any definite conclusions from what's on this site. My recollection is that Karpov's games against Kasparov in this line left such a bad impression with Gruenfeld devotees that the vast majority switched to other lines (7...Na6, 7...Nc6, and 7...a6 in particular).
Sep-18-06  Bobak Zahmat: Are there on this website only 404,000 games? It looks far more. Anyhow, this variatio looked a bit weird to me, seeing the Queen on c4 instead of the light bishop.
Sep-19-06  wharfrat: <Bobok Zahmat> The number of games in the database is always going up, but it is listed near the top of the home page. In addition, some games in this line are listed under D99, most notably the important game Euwe-Smyslov from the 1948 World Championship tournament.

The system with 5.Qb3 was developed by Soviet players in the early 1930s, led by Botvinnik. The idea is to force Black to exchange on c4, allowing White to set up the ideal pawn duo on e4 and d4. The queen is somewhat exposed on c4, but White hopes to consolidate his position and then use the pawn center to his advantage. 7...Bg4 was a system developed by Smyslov during World War II, and it became the primary response at the GM level for decades.

While it's possible for White to get this type of position with his bishop on c4 instead of the queen, it takes considerable cooperation from Black.

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