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Neo-Grunfeld Defense (D70)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 f3 d5

Number of games in database: 584
Years covered: 1924 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 45.7%
   Black wins 25.5%
   Draws 28.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
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Viktor Laznicka  10 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  9 games
Christopher Ward  8 games
Artyom Timofeev  9 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  8 games
Fabiano Caruana  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fine vs Dake, 1933
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1998
Mamedyarov vs I Kurnosov, 2009
Kramnik vs Leko, 1998
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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 584  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs G Nagy 1-011 1924 DebreczenD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
2. P Van Hoorn vs Euwe 0-136 1927 AmsterdamD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
3. Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower  ½-½30 1928 BerlinD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
4. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov ½-½45 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
5. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov 1-034 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
6. W Winter vs Menchik 0-116 1930 CanterburyD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
7. W Berryman vs S Landau  0-112 1930 HastingsD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
8. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov ½-½37 1931 BledD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
9. Rauzer vs Riumin  1-048 1931 USSR ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
10. Spielmann vs Bogoljubov 1-040 1932 MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
11. Euwe vs Sultan Khan ½-½60 1932 BerneD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
12. Fine vs Dake 1-037 1933 Western Association MeetingD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
13. M Yudovich Sr. vs S Von Freymann  1-025 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
14. Goglidze vs Levenfish  ½-½23 1935 MoscowD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
15. Goglidze vs Spielmann  ½-½32 1935 MoscowD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
16. L Laurine vs I Pleci  0-141 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
17. G Friedemann vs A Macht 0-180 1935 OlympiadD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
18. L Laurine vs C H Alexander 0-146 1935 OlympiadD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
19. Jacobo Bolbochan vs Opocensky  1-034 1935 OlympiadD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
20. Pelikan vs M Raizman  ½-½60 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
21. L Engels vs Opocensky  1-029 1935 Bad NauheimD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. Foltys vs V Olexa 0-127 1935 LuhacoviceD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
23. F Collins vs E Cordingley  0-119 1935 Ludlow CongressD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
24. Fine vs R Drummond  1-027 1935 ACF Congress (Prelim A)D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
25. Chekhover vs Lisitsin  ½-½41 1936 Moscow mD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
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Feb-03-08  apexin: I recently bought a book entitled "how to play the grunfeld" in which the author recommends meeting 3.f3 with the outrageous 3...e5!!? when play might continue 4 dxe5 Nh4! 5.Nh3 (probably the only try for an advantage) Qh4+ Nf2 etc.

It would be interesting to hear some opinions on this variation

Feb-03-08  slomarko: <Nh4!> Nh5
Feb-03-08  apexin: yes, in fact it is 4...Nh5 thank you for correcting
Feb-03-08  slomarko: <apexin> thanks to you for pointing this out. i always searched for some good antidote for 3.f3 and now i'll try the variation you gave.
Mar-20-08  arnaud1959: <apexin> It's a question of style I think. Many players can play 5.g3 here and maintain a solid positon with an extra pawn. When I see that in most of the variations with 3...d5 white castles on the Q-side I don't see why the same plan wouldn't work here.
Mar-20-08  hrvyklly: <apexin: I recently bought a book entitled "how to play the grunfeld" in which the author recommends meeting 3.f3 with the outrageous 3...e5> Adorjan (the originator of 3...e5) wrote about it in 'Black is OK! Forever', 4 pages of analysis. Why won't anyone play 3.f3 against me!
Mar-24-08  Youjoin: <hrvyklly> Id give a try, why not? Im <youjoin> on GameKnot...
Apr-23-08  littlefermat: <is the grunfeld still playable at the super grandmaster level as black with winning chances?>

I wonder if it's playable at any level. It seems White allows Black his c and d pawns and Black, in return, allows White his king. At least that's how it goes in my games.

Apr-23-08  hrvyklly: <littlefermat: I wonder if it's playable at any level> Of course it is, maybe it just doesn't suit you? It is an acquired taste and not an easy opening, as it's far more ambitious than say, the Queen's Indian.
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: I don't like this opening it denies white the f3 square for his N
Feb-26-09  FiveofSwords: This is a samish kings indian. Not a grunfeld. at least it will be a samish if the play continues normally. I dont know about this 3..e5. black loses a pawn and then decentralizes his knight and doesnt even force anything. Which means I dont understand what his idea is in doing this, and more to the point white has about 500,000,000,000,000 different possible plans and ill have no idea how to 'take advantage' of my pawn minus and unstable, decentralized knight in effectively all of them. if you look at 4 pages which deal with every possible variation dealing with one white move...(but there will need to be more than 4 pages for that honestly) then you still have 31 other moves to deal with. This is going to be a lot of work just to hopefully get a playable game, at best. Since the number of possible variations will quickly explode to astronomical numbers, you can expect white somwhere in the next 2 or 3 moves to play something you aren't 'prepared' for, and then you have this crap position and no idea how to fix it. Concerning the grunfeld in general, I used to play nothing but the grunfeld against 1d4 and tried to play it against 1c4. I had a plan figured out for all sorts of conceivable white tries and I became a little bit married to it, but so often I got very crappy positions that I hated. I finially had the foresight to realize the grunfeld is not for me. Maybe other people can play it, but Im personally much more comfortable and happy with the positions I get from the QGA. Its true that the grunfeld sometimes makes very interesting posiitons..but sometimes it makes simply dismal positions and anyway I find that I can make the QGA quite interesting enough, if I'm okay with a little risk.
Feb-26-09  blacksburg: <This is a samish kings indian. Not a grunfeld. at least it will be a samish if the play continues normally.>

as black has played the early ...d5, this is a gruenfeld, not a KID. i've never seen a saemisch KID where black plays ...d5 like this.

<Which means I dont understand what his idea is in doing this>

it's the basic gruenfeld idea - allow white to build up a large pawn center, and try to undermine it.

Jul-05-09  WhiteRook48: 3. f3???? weak
Aug-15-09  YuanTi: 3.f3 usually transposes to a Samisch King's Indian, and makes the Grunfeld less appealing to many players who would have played it after 3.Nc3. After 3...d5 White is in no danger.

Basically it's sound if you would have gone the Samisch route against the King's Indian anyway.

Aug-15-09
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  whiteshark: Following the main moves a bit: <1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 O-O 8. Qd2>


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Apr-13-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Neo-Grunfeld Defense (D70)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 d5

I've heard of Neo-Grunfeld again,but what's an Indian-Grunfeld?

Apr-13-11  MaxxLange: Huh, I have to learn this, don't I - I've been taking up the KID, and they can toss in 3 f3 at will

3...d5 looks like the most principled move (contest the e4 square). Do KID players usually just bite the bullet and do that, or is there a decent way to play for a transposition into a KID Saemisch?

Apr-13-11  MaxxLange: I guess Black can just continue ...Nf6 or ....d6 or ...Bg7, and there's nothing White can really do to interfere with your KID setup. No reason to panic.

I think Berliner recommended this line for White in his big "theory of White to play and win" book from a few years back

Apr-13-11  AVRO38: This is not the Neo-Grunfeld!

The Neo-Grunfeld is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5.

3.f3 has always been considered a part of the normal Grunfeld because White threatens to advance to e4 on the next move.

3.g3 delays this threat and was thus named "Neo-Grunfeld".

Apr-13-11  MaxxLange: I think I have seen it called "Neo-Grunfeld" elsewhere. There may be different usages in Europe and England/USA?
Apr-13-11  Penguincw: Now that I look at it,this doesn't looks like a Neo-Grunfeld that I know of.When I hear Neo-Grunfeld,the first thing that comes to my mind is Carlsen vs A Giri, 2011.
Oct-08-11  Albertan: Grandmaster Repertoire 8 - The Grunfeld Defence Volume One by Boris Avrukh:http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/produ...

Grandmaster Repertoire 9 - The Grunfeld Defence Volume Two by Boris Avrukh:http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/produ...

Jan-26-12  The Finisher: I'm trying to find a forum for the actual Grunfeld, not the Neo Grunfeld. I tried to play it yesterday, but I think I got the move order wrong.

But my opponent played 3.Nf3, instead of 3.Nc3. I think maybe I should have tried something different.

Ever since I discovered the Dzindzi Indian they have been playing Nf3. I switch to the Grunfeld and they do it anyway... maybe when they see the g6 fiachetto prep, even on the 2nd move and not the 1st, they know to change. In that case, the Grunfeld is dead?

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 (driving me away) at this point I knew I'd made a mistake.. the c3 Knight was not there for me to attack and he'd gained tempo. I struggle against d4 and so I had mechanically learned the Grunfeld (having given up on the Dzindzi Indian). I don't know...

What do I do? I'm only playing Indian defenses now as I like the Petrov and want to get similar positions (at least for my own army) and some familiarity.

Apr-09-13  zoren: <The Finisher>
You want to wait for Nc3 really before playing d5. This kind of means if White wants to wait around, you have to insert Bg7 and maybe even 0-0 before considering d5. If white never places a knight on c3, it is possible to switch gears and go Kings Indian trying to grab some central space with e5 / c5 or a more solid setup with e6 d5.

These are just very broad generalizations which is a bit against the philosophy of the theory heavy Grunfeld, where strange only moves are very frequent.

Apr-09-13  RookFile: Yep. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3

You can take consolation here in the fact that white is not threatening e4 next move. Therefore:

3....Bg7 is correct. If he keeps waiting around you follow up with 0-0.

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