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Borislav Kostic vs Ernst Gruenfeld
Budapest (1921), Budapest HUN, rd 10, Sep-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0

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Oct-28-10  Antiochus: Nice! If Qf6 32 Rf3 is decisive
Jul-14-20
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  zydeco: Grunfeld was having a terrific tournament and actually led Alekhine by a half-point before this game.

The easily-underestimated Kostic comes up with a really clever opening novelty - 11.Bf4!? - giving up the two bishops and isolating his own d-pawn but in exchange for extra space and a powerful dark-square blockade.

16.f5! is a sharp move: if 16....exf5 17.Ng5 regains material e.g. 17....Be6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qxf5.

Grunfeld seems badly confused by Kostic's idea. He fails to untangle his queenside pieces and spends several tempi trading off his very useful dark-squared bishop.

Dec-18-20
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  FSR: Gruenfeld should have played the Gruenfeld, but he didn't introduce that until the following year, when he used it to beat Alekhine.

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