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  • 7 months ago


    Thank you, excellent video. I recently decided to try the Grunfeld and you cover the basics very well! Your explanations are clear and are exactly the right level of detail for what I need. I am 1400 USCF.

  • 7 months ago


    why is it from white's perspective?

  • 7 months ago


    Maybe I should start studying Smyslov's games...

  • 7 months ago


    It says "Error loading media. File not found"

  • 11 months ago


    Good video.  Minor correction:  Fischer's "Game of the Century" was not with Robert Byrne; it was with his brother Donald.  But Fischer did play the Grunfeld.

  • 12 months ago


    good videoSmile

  • 16 months ago


    first game playing grunfeld was a win in 14 moves thankssss for this gem.

  • 18 months ago


  • 24 months ago


    A magnificent game by the great Smyslov. Great explanation, btw.

  • 3 years ago


    Nice video.

  • 3 years ago


    Good video but I  would have prefered it from black's perspective.

  • 4 years ago


    I very much agree with Kalle99.  If you're doing a black defense, switch the board. Also when a GM game is played to demonstrate, it would be helpful to put the name of the player's on the screen.  Sometimes it is hard to catch what the names are when just stated.  Has less to do with accents as it does with unusual international names.

  • 4 years ago


    I really like this whole video series.


    I think the opening variation is labeled wrong in the side bar next to the video window.  There it is labeled as the "Flohr Variation"; but looking at the "book openings" here at Chess.com, it shows Gruenfeld Defense: Flohr Variation as being 4 Nf3 followed by 5 Qa5+. 


    2 books (Shamkovich & Cartier; Botvinnik & Estrin) I have attribute this line up to 10. ... Qc7 to Shamkovich, both saying he discovered it-- but they don't call it a Shamkovich variation.  It is called the "Smyslov Variation" In Chess Opening Essentials vol 3, and they cite (although they use a different move order) this famous game for that attribution.

  • 4 years ago


    Just started learning about this opening - great video and looking forward to the watching the others in the series

  • 4 years ago


    Savage game!!......Unreal how most of whites pieces were rendered useless.


    Cheers for the lecture.

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  • 4 years ago


    Sometimes you speak really funny. Your videos rule, though.

  • 5 years ago


    Very instructive. Beautiful game.

  • 5 years ago


    What i dont really like is that if they release a video on a specifik opening they dont care about how they show the board. I think chess.com should flip the board to show the black pieces first if they mainly show a video from black points of view and vice versa if the video is from whites point of view.

  • 5 years ago


    Gligoric,Svetozar - Smyslov,Vassily V [D87]
    URS-JUG Kiev UKR (3), 1959
    [Rybka 3 (60s)]

    D87: Exchange Grünfeld: Classical Line: Variations without ...cxd4 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Be3 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 12.h3 [12.Qd2 Qa5 13.Qb2 b6 14.Bd5 Bb7 15.Rfd1 e6 16.Bb3 cxd4 17.cxd4 Rac8 18.e5 Bf8 19.a4 Qb4 20.Qa2 Qe7 21.Nf4 Na5 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Bc2 Qa3 24.Qb1 Qb4 25.h4 Nc4 26.Bc1 Na3 Gligoric,S (2595)-Tukmakov,V (2560)/Leningrad izt 1973/IZT/0-1 (41)] 12...b6 [12...Na5 13.Bd3 e6 14.f4 c4 15.Bc2 f5 16.g4 fxe4 17.Bxe4 Nc6 18.Qe1 Ne7 19.Ng3 Bd7 20.Qe2 Rf8 21.Qg2 Bc6 22.Bxc6 Qxc6 23.Qxc6 Nxc6 24.Ne4 b6 25.Rce1 Rad8 26.Ng5 Rfe8 27.Bc1 Ravichandran,V (2250)-Zaw Oo (2225)/Genting Highlands 1998/CBM 63 ext/0-1 (49)] 13.f4 e6 14.Qe1N [14.Qd2 Na5 15.Bd3 f5 16.Ng3 Bb7 17.Rfd1 Rac8 18.Qf2 cxd4 19.Bxd4 fxe4 20.Bxe4 Bxd4 21.cxd4 Qxc1 22.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 23.Kh2 Rc7 1/2-1/2 Hort,V (2555)-Roos,D (2455)/ BL9495 1995/BL 90] 14...Bb7 15.Qf2 Na5 16.Bd3 White plans e5 16...f5 17.e5 White wins space 17...c4 Black threatens to win material: c4xd3 18.Bc2 Nc6 19.g4 Ne7 20.Kh2 Qc6 [20...b5 21.a3³] 21.Ng3 b5 22.a4 a6 23.Rb1 Rab8 24.Bd2 bxa4 [24...Qd7 25.Rg1=] 25.Ra1= White threatens to win material: Ra1xa4 25...Ba8 26.Bxa4 Qc7 27.Ra2 Rb6 28.gxf5 exf5 White has new protected passed pawns: d4+e5 29.Bc1 [29.Rfa1 Nd5=] 29...Nd5 A valuable piece 30.Ne2 a5 [30...Bf8 31.h4=] 31.Bc2 [31.h4 Bb7=] 31...Rb3 32.Bxb3 [32.Ra1 Rb5=] 32...cxb3 33.Ra4 [33.Ra1 Bf8=] 33...Bf8 [Not 33...Nxc3 34.Nxc3 Qxc3 35.Bb2²] 34.Bb2 [34.c4 Qc6 35.Rxa5 Qxc4³] 34...Ne3 [34...Bc6 35.Raa1 Nb6 36.Ng3µ] 35.Rfa1³ Nc4 Black threatens to win material: Nc4xb2 36.Ng3 Be7 37.Nf1?? with this move White loses his initiative [¹37.Qe2 would save the game 37...Bd5 38.Nf1=] 37...Qc6-+ 38.Rxc4?? sad, but how else could White save the game? [38.Ng3 Nxb2 39.Qxb2-+] 38...Qh1+ [38...Qxc4?! is a useless try 39.Rxa5 Bh4 40.Ne3µ] 39.Kg3 h5 [39...h5 40.Qc2 Qg1+ 41.Qg2 Qxg2#]  0-1

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