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Grunfeld, Russian Variation (D96)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Qb3

Number of games in database: 387
Years covered: 1932 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 39.0%
   Black wins 23.5%
   Draws 37.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Glenn Flear  7 games
Baruch Harold Wood  5 games
Friedrich Saemisch  5 games
Nicolaas Cortlever  6 games
Salomon Flohr  6 games
Gosta Stoltz  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr., 1933
Kotov vs Kashdan, 1945
Euwe vs Botvinnik, 1938
Bisguier vs Benko, 1963
S Volkov vs Svidler, 2017
Potkin vs Kamsky, 2010
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 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 387  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ragozin vs P Romanovsky 1-0351932Leningrad Masters Tourn.D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
2. Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr. 1-0231933USSR ChampionshipD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
3. Saemisch vs J Turn  ½-½401935Mustpeade Club 75th JubileeD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
4. Saemisch vs J van den Bosch  ½-½491936AmsterdamD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
5. Saemisch vs Szabo 0-1401936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
6. V Gribin vs I Rudakovsky  0-13219371st Category group 1D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
7. V Gribin vs L Abramov  ½-½96193712th Ch Leningrad sf group 8D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
8. A Budo vs V Makogonov 1-0311937URS-ch10D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
9. W Kuppe vs K Richter  0-1241937Bad SaarowD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
10. C Poulsen vs Kashdan  0-1411937Stockholm OlympiadD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
11. Capablanca vs Flohr 1-0331937Semmering/BadenD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
12. A Budo vs Kasparian  0-144193811th USSR Championship SemifinalD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
13. S Belavenets vs M Makogonov  1-0351938URS-ch sf KievD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
14. Euwe vs Botvinnik 1-0341938AVROD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
15. Botvinnik vs Flohr ½-½341938AVROD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
16. E Klein vs Szabo 0-1331938Hastings 1938/39D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
17. L Endzelins vs R Arlauskas  1-01619393rd SELL Baltic Student OlympiadD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
18. Euwe vs S Landau 0-1501939Hastings 1938/39D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
19. V Makogonov vs S Belavenets  ½-½131939Leningrad / Moscow trainingD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
20. V Makogonov vs Reshevsky 1-0361939Leningrad / Moscow trainingD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
21. M Feigin vs Flohr  ½-½511939KemeriD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
22. Koblents vs Flohr  0-1571939KemeriD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
23. P Dubinin vs Tolush  ½-½421939USSR ChampionshipD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
24. Flohr vs N Cortlever  1-0341939Amsterdam VARAD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
25. Alekhine vs A A Barbosa de Oliveira  1-0391939Alekhine Clock simul, 12b Rio de JaneiroD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-23-04  ruylopez900: Hmm, I seem to recall this variation being called the Classical. But maybe I'm just messing up the position of a knight or something.
Nov-23-04  tomh72000: Classical is with Bf4, I thought.
Nov-25-04  tomh72000: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 is the Classical Variation.
Nov-29-04  Dillinger: In MCO 5.Qb3 is called the Classical Variation while 5.Bf4 is just called the (drumroll) Lines with 5.Bf4. Go figure.
Nov-29-04  PinkPanther: I've always known this as the Classical Variation, as well as the Russian Variation.

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