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Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit (D83)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bf4 Bg7 5 e3 O-O

Number of games in database: 490
Years covered: 1934 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 33.9%
   Black wins 24.9%
   Draws 41.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Reuben Fine  7 games
Arturo Pomar Salamanca  7 games
Gyula Kluger  6 games
Ian Nepomniachtchi  9 games
Vlastimil Jansa  8 games
Vlastimil Hort  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1961
Capablanca vs Flohr, 1938
Reshevsky vs Szabo, 1953
Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1939
Pomar Salamanca vs J Cuadras Avellana, 1974
Botvinnik vs Gligoric, 1964
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 490  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alatortsev vs S Von Freymann  1-0461934USSR Championship 1934/35D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
2. Veresov vs Alatortsev  0-1431934USSR Championship 1934/35D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
3. I Rudakovsky vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½331936Trade Unions ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
4. Dake vs H Morton  ½-½52193637th ACF Congress. FinalD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
5. Euwe vs V Mikenas 1-0401937Stockholm OlympiadD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
6. Fine vs Keres ½-½421937Semmering/BadenD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
7. Levenfish vs Botvinnik 1-0411937Botvinnik - LevenfishD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
8. Fine vs H Morton  1-0541938USA-chD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
9. Reshevsky vs Santasiere 1-0411938USA-chD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
10. S Gotthilf vs Botvinnik 0-140193811th USSR Championship SemifinalD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
11. Capablanca vs Flohr 1-0371938AVROD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
12. Capablanca vs Reshevsky ½-½421938AVROD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
13. B H Wood vs Prins  0-1351939BirminghamD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
14. S Landau vs Szabo  ½-½711939MatchD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
15. Tolush vs Botvinnik 0-1371939USSR ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
16. W Cruz / Silva Rocha vs Alekhine / Trompowsky 0-1341939Consultation gameD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
17. R Grau vs V Mikenas  0-1371939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
18. S Morales vs N Cortlever  ½-½881939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
19. Ragozin vs Botvinnik  0-1411940Training MatchD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
20. Fine vs P R Geffe  1-0381940USA-chD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
21. Fine vs B Blumin  ½-½41194142nd US Open. ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
22. Bogoljubov vs Foltys  ½-½611941MunichD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
23. Bogoljubov vs N Cortlever  1-0741941MunichD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
24. Fine vs Kashdan  1-0411942US Rapid Transit ch (10-sec/move)D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
25. M Napolitano vs G Barcza 0-1441942MunichD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-06-04  Benjamin Lau: Question:

What exactly is being gambited? In the position above, it looks like nothing is "loose" or en prise.

Jan-06-04  ossolinskm: I think the gambit arrives after 5... 0-0 when the game follows:

6. cxd5 Nxd5
7. Nxd5 Qxd5 and allowing the Bishop to take the pawn at c7 on the 8th move.

So, to answer your question i think the pawn at c7 is en prised

Jan-06-04  Benjamin Lau: Thanks, I had been expecting something to be free immediately, I guess the above position is more of a puzzle. Black's compensation seems to be free piece play I guess but the opening explorer apparently frowns upon it.
Jan-06-04  ossolinskm: i don't understand why it isnt grunfeld, grunfeld gambit accepted

After all, black is accepting the gambit. Wouldn't he see it?

Mar-14-04  Dillinger: Dillinger: black is the gambiter, not accepting the gambit. White accepts eventually with Bxc7.
Mar-22-04  Dillinger: and no I am not talking to myself..
Apr-23-04  morphyvsfischer: Yeesh; 5...c5 is infinitely more logical...
Jun-06-05  aw1988: Hmm. Grunfeld Grunfeld gambit. Odd name for an opening, but it's black's simplest try in the Grunfeld.
Sep-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here's a little collection of puzzles in D83 miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/d83.html
Mar-02-09  FiveofSwords: if white is prepared I actually think this gambit is insufficient compensation. White's position is quite solid, and difficult to reach, and when black doesnt have his c pawn white's d4 is like a rock that holds all of your pieces at bay. Against a strong player, if you go for this as black, you can expect to be miserably trying to draw an 80 move endgame where you are a pawn down.
Mar-02-09  chessman95: I deffinetly don't think this gambit gets black enough compensation. First of all, it's not really much of a gambit: instead of putting a peice out for white to capture, black simply leaves a peice unguarded while making trades in the center. Looking at what the pawn "sacrifice" does for black, I cannot find any way it helps. It does not speed up development, or get a good center, or do anything; in fact I think it only helps white. Looking from white's perspective, taking the pawn gets rid of black's pawn majority on the queenside, and gives white a pawn majority on the kingside, where black just castled. Also, without the c-pawn, white's strong center will be very hard to break apart.

I cannot see what the point of playing this strange gambit is; it looks to me like it's just another gambit that came into being when a strong player blundered by castling in that position and ended up winning, so people though it was a sound opening. (That's how the Chicago Gambit got started)

Jun-19-09  zoren: That would be a funny explanation if that were true.
Jan-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 g6 3.♘c3 d5 4.♗f4 ♗g7 5.e3 O-O


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