I knew the day would come that I would have to face the Grunfeld OTB and.... ouch.  It hurts.

I knew the day would come that I would have to face the Grunfeld OTB and.... ouch. It hurts.

MidnasLament
MidnasLament
Mar 7, 2018, 9:22 PM |
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I began the Schwartzenegger Open with a first round bye on Friday so that we were able to drive up early Saturday morning. Turns out to be a testing game right from the start when I face the... wait for it... dun dun dun... the Gruenfeld Defense!? yikes!

 

Unfortunately for me, this was my first time ever facing this OTB and I didn't know the theory and play Qc2?, a clear mistake, allowing Na6-b5 with tempo and the pressure is on.  People tell me don't study openings if you are an improving player; just focus on tactics and end game.  Well, that's all well in good, but I submit this game as evidence that openings do matter even if you are a lowly 1500 like myself.  

 

That being said... in this mess of a middle game... can I squirm and turn it around? Let's find out!  And any comments on the playing the Grunfeld with 4. g3 would be much appreciated!  I will not be caught this badly off guard again.  happy.png  Thank you as always. 


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