Game 4- A cute miniature

This was game 4, and I got a very nice, incredibly short, win against someone as high as 1800. I was very suprised I would win so quickly, especially with a seemingly positional opening chose by me. Being white can be pretty awesome sometimes, because you either have the initiative or your opponent has it but he had to make big positional concessions. Even with this quiet choice of opening, my opponents flank play (...a6 and ...b5, which does influence the center, but other things are more important first!) allowed me to punch right in the center with incredible force.

I know I put a lot of exclams for me and ?'s for my opponent, but this is largely based on what I remember from fritz's analysis (though some I forgot). He had many better ways to stay in the game throughout, but still, I had to play dynamically, when I'm more of a static player, so I think I'm strating to become a more complete player.


  • 6 years ago


    Which is why most grünfeld players delays d5 by playing 3...Bg7 first. However I bet there are some players which aren't aware of this and playes 3...d5? which clearly isn't such a great idea. Also the position after 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 is variation of the grünfeld many players doesn't even know about. I have even seen many grünfeld books where this line isn't even considered (only some fianchetto variations with the knight already being on c3 which is quite inferior to this one)!

  • 6 years ago


    That's a very interesting stat, conzipe! I really like those openings (like the french) where the other guy can't do what he wants and dreads facing it.

    I also love the 3 Nf3 move order, because it seems to discourage a grunfeld with 3...d5, because after say 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 e4 the knight can't exchange as usual and must retreat, leaving white with a not only strong but solid center with not many drawbacks.

  • 6 years ago


    Your opponent probably mixed up the lines a bit, black usually has hes knight on c6 when he playes the idea of a6, b5 which is very important (he probably had some vague memory studying this line and remembered the idea of a6, b5 but not exactly how the pieces should be placed before that).

    Very well played game, the most instructive part being the demolishing 11. e6!

    I also quite like this fianchetto line for white since it doesn't allow black to play in standard KID fashion. I remember reading about a research where they asked KID players which line they wouldn't like to face the most and over 70% of the answers was the fianchetto variation.

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