The Grunfeld defense, followed by the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 is one of the most popular chess openings, where Black offers White the possibility of 4. cxd5, when after 4…Nxd5 White further gets the opportunity to kick the Black Knight away with 5. e4, leading to a strong centre for White.
However, the large pawn centre could be a liability rather than an asset. The Grunfeld is therefore an opening, showing how a large pawn centre can either be a powerful battering ram or a target for attack.
Russian Grandmaster and seven-time Russian Champion, Peter Svidler, is considered the ‘God of Grunfeld defense’ for his expertise in the opening. People say that a lot of modern moves were ‘invented’ by him and that he has contributed a lot to modern Grunfeld theory.
Today our guest coach, IM David Miedema, has prepared a very instructive video lesson for you. In this lesson, Miedema will show you a great game played by Svilder against Beliavsky, playing the Grunfeld defense. You can watch the video lesson below:
David Miedema is an International Master from the Netherlands. His biggest achievements include:
–> 6th of the Netherlands, beating Anish Giri in the process, twice.
–> Winning the Neckar open in 2010
He gained crucial fun skills in teaching chess. He will be traveling around Europe making videos and live in nomad lifestyle.
P.S. Did you enjoy the lesson? Have you played some interesting games in Grunfeld defense as Black (or played against it)? Or do you face any problem(s) in this opening? Feel free to write in the comments below and discuss. 🙂