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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Grunfeld Russian System 7..a6 8.Qa4-TWIC 956

TWIC 956
The Grunfeld is a perpetual headache for 1.d4 players. Schandorff proposes the Russian System(5.Qb3) in Play 1.d4: The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012) so Grunfelders need to be well prepared for all the nuances.

Howell goes with a super-refinement, 8.a4 against the sharp Hungarian variation which is now catching on. White had a typical massage going but blundered a piece. It's not clear how Howell won as the final position is clearly winning for black. 

Analysis shows that the 8.a4 still holds some promise and the value of the game is not lost.

Howell,D (2634) - Plat,V (2452) 
Grunfeld Russian System 7..a6 8.Qa4[D97]
4NCL 2012–13 Staverton ENG (5.111), 23.02.2013

Position 1
White has a strong knight and central pressure for the bishop pair. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


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