• 4 months ago


    Stunning play by black, and a fantastic commentary....thank you

  • 8 months ago


    Awesome game to review as an intro to the Grunfeld!

  • 16 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.

  • 16 months ago


    why is it from white's perspective?

  • 16 months ago


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

  • 17 months ago


    It says "Error loading media. File not found"

  • 20 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.

  • 21 months ago


    good videoSmile

  • 2 years ago


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

  • 2 years ago


  • 3 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    Nice video.

  • 4 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.

  • 5 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, 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.

  • 5 years ago


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

  • 5 years ago


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


    Cheers for the lecture.

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  • 5 years ago


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

  • 6 years ago


    Very instructive. Beautiful game.

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