Why is the Grunfeld in such heathy theoretical shape


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #21

    chessam1998

    the grunfeld became the main choice against d4 at gm level. remember the candidates in kazan, when the grunfeld did so well, except in the last gelfand-grischuk game. remember kramnik playing reti/english against grischuk just to avoid this opening.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #22

    amartalon

    chessam1998 wrote:

    the grunfeld became the main choice against d4 at gm level. remember the candidates in kazan, when the grunfeld did so well, except in the last gelfand-grischuk game. remember kramnik playing reti/english against grischuk just to avoid this opening.

    I think it changes from one tournament to the next.  Although since I have been following chess since about 2008-9 I think the most common defence against 1. d4 at 2700+ tournaments has been the Slav.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #23

    gundamv

    does that include semi slav

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #24

    amartalon

    gundamv wrote:

    does that include semi slav

    Yes, so I suppose technically that's two openings. Undecided

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #25

    JasonCarnage

    ChessConure wrote:
    gundamv wrote:

    How deeply do you need to memorize the Grunfeld main lines as Black?  I heard the Grunfeld can be up to 30 moves deep in theory for some lines.  True?

    Yes. This is also true for a lot of other openings.. The Semi slav botvinnik can probably go 50 moves deep into theory.. Same with the Najdorf, and the King's Indian.... That doesn't mean you have to memorize them all though, by the way, well except for the Semi-slav botvinnik.. and the sharp Bg5 line of the Sicilian Najdorf

    This is what is slowly killing chess, imho.

     

    Seriously, imagine watching a game between two GMs live and the commentators mentioning they're still playing book moves for 50 moves... wtf ?


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