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The Grünfeld according to Svidler

Introducing the Grünfeld

GM Peter Svidler

Hi, my name is Peter Svidler and I've recorded a series of videos for chess24 dedicated to my favourite opening, the Grünfeld Defence. 

I picked it up as a young kid who was obviously hugely impressed by Kasparov's treatment of the opening in those years. The children who were just beginning to play chess back then were greatly influenced by the clash between Karpov and Kasparov. Most of us picked a side, and I picked Kasparov - he was perhaps my earliest idol and I based my repertoire mainly on his openings. A lot of time has passed since then, obviously, and I think I've contributed quite a bit to the opening myself. 

In this series of videos I'll try to pass on my years of experience and some of my knowledge to you, the viewers. I'll try to explain why I think the Grünfeld is a very good opening for those of you who are striving to get double-edged positions with a lot of counterchances. These days in almost any opening White can get a risk-free position - and the same applies to the Grünfeld, of course - but in many cases you'll have the chance to assume the initiative and start playing for a win. 

The Grünfeld is a sharp, double-edged and very interesting opening in which play often becomes very non-standard. These videos will have a very wide range, obviously, as I'll try to cover pretty much the entire opening.

1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 g6 3. ♘c3 d5

21... ♗xg4 Over the course of this eBook you'll see positions like this one, which occurs in a video on the 3.f3 variation...

18... ♕a3 ...or this one - which is maybe even crazier than the previous example. This appears in a certain line of the 7.Be3 variation. It's a very interesting looking position because it's not that easy to figure out whose move it is. Seemingly the side to start first just wins on the spot, but that isn't in fact the case.

1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 g6 3. ♘c3 d5 4. ♘f3 ♗g7 5. ♕b3 dxc4 6. ♕xc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. e5 b5 9. ♕b3 ♘fd7 10. ♘g5 ♘c6 11. ♗e3 ♘a5 12. ♕d1 ♘b6 13. h4 h6 14. ♘ge4 ♘ac4 15. h5 f5 The Grünfeld in general, even if you discount curious positions like the first two I've shown you, tends to lead to very unbalanced positions like the one you can see here, which can appear in a Qb3 line where Black very, very early on starts an incredibly double-edged and sharp fight. The position becomes very unbalanced and interesting for those of you who are searching for a dynamic opening.

14... e6 Positions like this one, which can arise from 7.Bc4, are also very typical - a position where Black first gives up control of the centre and then starts fighting for it tooth and nail. Play becomes very, very sharp.

7... ♗g7 Obviously over the course of the eBook there will be novelties - some of which are more important than others - and some of them I'm very proud of, like the one I'll show you here. This is a position after move 7 in the Bg5 line where I found an idea which hasn't been played before and which I think is extremely interesting.

1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. ♗g2 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. ♘f3 ♗g7 Of course no opening, including the Grünfeld, can be covered without every now and then encountering a position like this one where you can't really hope for much with Black apart from equalising with precise play, but I will try and steer away from these positions and whenever possible I'll try to show you ways of reaching complex and double-edged positions with Black. I hope you enjoy this eBook!

This eBook is part of the video series The Grünfeld according to Svidler, available for €39.99. If you want to see and hear Peter provide detailed instruction, check it out. A chess24 Premium Membership gives you access to all the video series and eBooks in our growing library.

The Grünfeld according to Svidler GM Peter Svidler

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In this absolutely unique eBook one of the world's best players provides you with a complete Grünfeld repertoire. The knowledge you acquire will equip you for any challenge - from a club event up to a World Championship match!


The goal of this eBook is to give you a top-notch and bullet-proof repertoire against 1.d4.

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  • Introducing the Grünfeld

  • Complete Grünfeld sidelines: Part 1

    • 4.Nf3
    • 4.e3 Bg7 5.Bd2
    • 4.e3 Bg7 5.Nf3
    • 4.e3 Bg7 5.Qb3
  • Complete Grünfeld sidelines: Part 2

    • 4.e3 Bg7 5.cxd5
    • 4.e3 Bg7 5.Na4
    • 4.cxd5 5.e4 7.Ba3
    • 4.cxd5 5.e4 7.Bg5
    • 4.cxd5 5.e4 7.Qa4+
  • Complete Grünfeld sidelines: Part 3

    • 5.e3 6.Bd3
    • 5.e3 6.cxd5
    • 5.Qa4+ 8.e4
    • 5.Qa4+ 8.Bf4
  • Complete Grünfeld sidelines: Part 4

    • 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.e3
    • 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Nf3
    • 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Bg5
    • 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Bf4
  • Complete Grünfeld sidelines: Part 5

    • 7.Bb5+
    • 7.Nf3 c5 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.0-0
    • 7.Nf3 c5 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.d5
    • 7.Nf3 c5 8.h3
    • 5.h4
  • Early Grünfeld games

    • Ioannis Papaioannou 0:1 Peter Svidler
    • Giorgi Kacheishvili 0:1 Peter Svidler
  • Grünfeld lines with g3: Part 1

    • 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.e3
    • 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Nf3
    • 4.Bg2
  • Grünfeld lines with g3: Part 2

    • 6.cxd5
    • 6.Qb3
    • 6.b3
  • 4.Bf4 Grünfeld: Part 1

    • 5.Rc1
    • 5.Nf3
  • 4.Bf4 Grünfeld: Part 2

    • 6.cxd5
    • 6.Rc1
    • 6.Nf3
  • Grünfeld main lines with 5.Qb3: Part 1

    • 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 a6 8.Bf4
    • 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 a6 8.Qa4
  • Grünfeld main lines with 5.Qb3: Part 2

    • 8.Be2 b5 9.Qb3 c5 10.dxc5 Be6 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.b4/e5/Ng5/c6
    • 8.Be2 b5 9.Qb3 c5 10.dxc5 Be6 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.Be3
  • Grünfeld main lines with 5.Qb3: Part 3

    • 8.e5 b5 9.Qb3 Nfd7 10.Be3
    • 8.e5 b5 9.Qb3 Nfd7 10.h4
    • 8.e5 b5 9.Qb3 Nfd7 10.Ng5
    • 8.e5 b5 9.Qb3 Nfd7 10.Be2
    • 8.e5 b5 9.Qb3 Nfd7 10.e6
  • Half a year in the life of a Grünfeld player

    • Garry Kasparov 1:0 Peter Svidler
    • Viswanathan Anand 1:0 Peter Svidler
    • Anatoly Karpov 1:0 Peter Svidler
  • Grünfeld main lines with 8.Rb1: Part 1

    • 8.Rb1 and 13.d5
    • 8.Rb1 and 13.Be3
  • Grünfeld main lines with 8.Rb1: Part 2

    • 8.Rb1 and 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bh4
    • 8.Rb1 and 13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3
  • 4.Bg5 Grünfeld: Part 1

    • 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.e3
    • 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Nf3
  • 4.Bg5 Grünfeld: Part 2

    • 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.cxd5 c6 7.Rc1 and other moves
    • 7.e4 0-0
    • 7.e4 cxd5
    • 7.e4 Qb6
    • 7.e4 Bg7
  • Grünfeld main lines with Be3: Part 1

    • 7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2
    • 8.Rc1
    • 8.Nf3 Qa5 9.Bd2
    • 8.Nf3 Qa5 9.Nd2
  • Grünfeld main lines with Be3: Part 2

    • 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rc1
    • 10.Rb1 cxd4 and 10...0-0
    • 10.Rb1 a6 11.Rc1 Bg4
    • 10.Rb1 a6 11.Rc1 f5 12.d5
    • 10.Rb1 a6 11.Rc1 f5 12.e5
    • 10.Rb1 a6 11.Rc1 f5 12.Bd3
  • 3.f3 Grünfeld: Part 1

    • 7...0-0
    • 7...Nc6
  • 3.f3 Grünfeld: Part 2

    • 7...0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 Qd6 10.h4 and other moves
    • 10.Kb1
    • 10.Nb5
  • Grünfeld main lines with 7.Bc4: Part 1

    • 10...Bg4
    • 10...Bd7 11.Rc1
    • 10...Bd7 11.Rb1
  • Grünfeld main lines with 7.Bc4: Part 2

    • 12.Bf4 Qc8 13.Bb3 & 13.dxc5
    • 13.Rc1 a6 14.Qd2 b5 15.Bb3
    • 13.Rc1 a6 14.Qd2 b5 15.Bd3
    • 13.d5
    • 12.Bd3 Rad8
    • 12.Bd3 Rfd8
    • 10...Bg4
  • Complete Anti-Grünfeld - 1.c4: Part 1

    • 1.c4 g6 2.Nf3
    • 1.c4 g6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6
  • Complete Anti-Grünfeld - 1.c4: Part 2

    • 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 exc4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bd3
    • 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 exc4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Be3
    • 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 exc4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Be2
    • 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxe5
    • 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3
  • Complete Anti-Grünfeld - 1.Nf3: Part 1

    • 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.g3
    • 5.Nc3
    • 5.Bg2
  • Complete Anti-Grünfeld - 1.Nf3: Part 2

    • 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4
    • 5.g3 g6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Qa4
    • 7.h4
    • 7.0-0
  • Wrap-up


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