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Grunfeld (D90)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3

Number of games in database: 1432
Years covered: 1923 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 33.1%
   Black wins 29.1%
   Draws 37.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  19 games
Aryan Tari  12 games
Di Li  8 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  13 games
Ian Nepomniachtchi  12 games
Wolfgang Uhlmann  11 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Smyslov vs Stein, 1969
S Palatnik vs I Stohl, 1986
Mamedyarov vs Giri, 2013
V Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935
Huebner vs Kasparov, 1986
J Sajtar vs Smyslov, 1946
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 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,432  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Moritz vs Gruenfeld  0-131192323. DSB KongressD90 Grunfeld
2. Colle vs H Mattison  ½-½451924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
3. V Kondybin vs G Stepanov (Schneideman)  1-0341925Samara championshipD90 Grunfeld
4. Kupchik vs Torre  ½-½411925MatchD90 Grunfeld
5. J A Seitz vs L Steiner  1-0301925DebrecenD90 Grunfeld
6. S Factor vs Torre 0-1381926ChicagoD90 Grunfeld
7. E Berman vs Kashdan  0-1361929Manhattan CC-chD90 Grunfeld
8. G Braun vs O Nedeljkovic  1-0431934Belgrade ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
9. E Stoeckl vs A Gerschenkron  0-1361934Trebitsch Memorial 1934/35D90 Grunfeld
10. Capablanca vs Botvinnik ½-½241935MoscowD90 Grunfeld
11. V Goglidze vs Botvinnik 0-1291935MoscowD90 Grunfeld
12. D Podhorzer vs E Sorensen  ½-½571935Warsaw OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
13. P Frydman vs A Macht  1-0461935Warsaw OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
14. H Kalnins vs P Schmidt  0-1331936International Olympic trainingD90 Grunfeld
15. A Kiprov vs H Friedmann  0-1431936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
16. A Kiprov vs M Luckis  ½-½261936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
17. E Reinhardt vs K Richter  0-1491937Berlin BSGD90 Grunfeld
18. E Schwartz vs Kashdan  0-1341937Manhattan CC-chD90 Grunfeld
19. A Simonson vs H Morton  1-0411938United States ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
20. A Reynolds vs P List  0-1231939BirminghamD90 Grunfeld
21. Graf-Stevenson vs Keres  0-1221939Buenos AiresD90 Grunfeld
22. P R Geffe vs A Pinkus  0-1271940United States ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
23. Denker vs P R Geffe  1-0321940United States ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
24. Flohr vs Boleslavsky  ½-½431944KievD90 Grunfeld
25. Flohr vs Tolush 1-0511944USSR ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-06-07  realbrob: No kibizting about the Gruenfeld defense? I think it's a good answer to 1.d4, it's an alternative to the Queen Gambit and it's more dynamic than the East Indian and other openings after 1..Nf6. (I don't mean the East Indian is bad, it's all about the style of the player).
Apr-06-07  alicefujimori: "East" Indian??
May-25-07  Yelena Dembo: Dear friends,

I have written a book on the Gruenfeld Defence (Play the Gruenfeld) for EverymanChess Publishing and it will be out in June in the US & EU in July.

Please check out the ebook free samples and contents at !:-)

Best wishes,

Oct-17-07  Yelena Dembo: This is a recent review of my book on Gruenfeld by Jeremy Silman. Enjoy!

Oct-18-07  Manuel G. Vergara: Hi Yelena: I am one among your numerous chess loving fans here in the philippines particularly here in Baguio City the venue of the Karpov-Korchnoi world championship match that was made in 1978. Warm regards!!!
Apr-12-08  Markuswerth: D90- Three knights exchange is the best line of Gruenfeld.
Apr-12-08  Markuswerth: Nonetheless, I dislike Gruenfeld lines... I prefer 2 nc3 (A45/D00--- my favourite response to 1 d4 nf6)
Apr-10-22  Stolzenberg: After 4. ... Bg7 White has many possibilities:
5. e3 is solid but perhaps a little tame,
5. Bf4 or 5. Bg5 = development,
5. cxd5 is the natural continuation,
5. Qa4+ in order to disturb the black plans,
5. Qb3 = pressure on d5,
5. h4 tries to attack with the idea of 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. h5.

Players who want to enter "terra incognita" could consider 5. Qc2 for example, with the idea of answering 5. ... 0-0 with 6. Bg5.

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