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Garry Kasparov vs Trifon Natsis
Chess Olympiad (1980), Valletta MLT, rd 2, Nov-21
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Black counted on his Q side pawn majority, but White's central pawn was stronger.

In the final position, there is no defense to d7 followed by Re8+

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  Sneaky: This is an excellent stem-game to use for studying the Grunfeld with the modern 8.Rb1 move.
Nov-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: i think that the better response for black after 9.Be2 is cxd4...which leads to cxd4, and then the queens can be taken of the board by Qa5!
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  gambitfan: A wonderful game!
Jul-15-07  Kublo: well played by Garry.
Jun-04-09  agnarlarusson: A nice game which offers a lot of puns, for example: "Gazzing Natsis" ...
Jun-04-09  WhiteRook48: uh, that kind of pun would not be funny
Jan-10-10  petemarkou: I am not sure if 10. d5 is correct. Maybe the problem is 9. Be2 Of course black made a horrible move at 12.. Nd4 otherwise the opening from Kasparov is not convincing.
Jan-10-10  KingG: <petemarkou> What should Black have played instead of 12...Nd4? If he plays something else he will probably come under strong attack, although it's another perfectly playable option of course.

As for the opening, it's fairly mainline, and this game is pretty much a model of how to play against 12...Nd4. Also, I think 9.Be2 is the only serious move in the position.

Oct-28-10  goldenbear: <KingG> 9.Qd2 is also possible.
Nov-28-10  KingG: <goldenbear> Yes, I suppose, but isn't Black ok after 9...Bg4?
Nov-29-10  goldenbear: <KingG> Yes, of course, but Black is just fine after 9.Be2, in my opinion. I just meant that Be2 isn't "forced", 9.Qd2 is an acceptable plan. If White wants an advantage he must play 7.Bc4, obviously.
Nov-29-10  KingG: <goldenbear> Obviously? I don't think it's obvious at all that 7.Bc4 is the only move that leads to an advantage. I think 7.Nf3 is still perfectly viable as a try for the advantage, and it is still employed by several top players. A few years ago it was the main line.

Other good tries for White are 7.Be3, which has been scoring quite well over the past few years, and the Russian variation. Of course, 7.Bc4 is good too, but I don't see why it should be better than the other variations. It's interesting that Kramnik, probably the leading 1.d4 expert, has only played 7.Bc4 a couple of times in serious competition. Kasparov also only played it once according to this database.

In fact, before Topalov revived 7.Bc4 at the top level, it seems to have been out of fashion for a while.

As for 9.Qd2, it looks like a pretty ridiculous move to me, and I don't see what the plan is supposed to be. In the few games where it has been played, it doesn't seem to have scored very well.

Nov-29-10  goldenbear: <KingG> I meant that to be tongue-in-cheek. I prefer 7.Bc4 and that's how the old school viewed the situation. But, "obvious" was a joke. As for 9.Qd2, I wouldn't play it, it looks ridiculous to me, but it is the only viable plan other than Be2 I think.
Nov-29-10  goldenbear: <Kasparov played Bc4 only once> I think that is because the variation with 10.Bg4 11.f3 Na5 was misunderstood during his hey-day. I don't think that variation will be played much by Black anymore. Computers have shown that this leads to an almost unbearable situation for him.
Feb-10-14  Strelets: <goldenbear> The Seville Variation? It's not easy, but Black can hold its own thanks to White's weakness on the light squares. In general, the Grünfeld is not an "easy" opening to play and the Seville is one of the hardest lines to play correctly, but it's something a player who is committed to the Grünfeld as a viable defence has to be ready for.
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