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My first ever Gruenfeld

March 5, 2011

I first looked at playing the Gruenfeld about a year ago. Shockingly, since then I hadn’t had anybody playing me as white, play 1. d4 and follow up with 2. c4! Anyway, it was a double-edged sword to play a new opening on the back of two (almost 3) losses. Replay here.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd55. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 O-O
(7… c5 is the main line)

8. Qb3
(8. Be2)

8… c5 9. Bb2 Qa510. Nd2 Nc6
(10… cxd4 11. cxd4 Nc6 12. d5 Nd4 13. Qd3 Nf3+ 14. Qxf3 Bxb2)

11. Nc4 Qc7 12. d5 Ne5 13. Ne3 Ng4
(13… b5 14. Be2 (14. Bxb5 Rb8) 14…c4 15. Qc2)

14. Nxg4 Bxg4 15. h3 Bd7 16. Bb5 Bxb5 17. Qxb5 c4 18. O-O a6 19. Qa4 b5
(19… f5)

20. Qc2 Rfe8 21. Rad1
(21. a4)

21… Rad8 22. Qd2 Rd7 23. f4 Red8 24. Ba3 a5
(24… f5 25. d6 exd6 26. exf5 gxf5 27. Qd5+ Kh8)

25. e5 Rxd5
(25… b4 26. cxb4 c3) (25… Bf8)

26. Qxd5 Rxd5 27. Rxd5 b4
(27…Qb7 28. Rfd1 b4 29. Bb2 b3 30. axb3 cxb3 31. R1d4 Bh6 32. Kf2)

28. cxb4 Qb6+ 29. Kh2
(29. Kh1)

29… axb4 30. Rb1 Qe3
(30… Bh6 31. Bxb4 Bxf4+ 32. Kh1 Kg7)

31. Bxb4
(31. Rd8+ Bf8 32. Bxb4 Qxf4+ 33. Kh1 Kg7)

31… Qxf4+ 32.Kg1 Bxe5 33. Bxe7
(33. Re1)

33… h5
(33… Qh2+ 34. Kf2 Bg3+ 35. Kf3 Bc7)

34. Bc5 c3 35. Re1 Qh2+ 36. Kf1 Qh1+
(36… c2)

37. Bg1 Bc7 38. Rb5 c2 39. Rc1
(39. Kf2 h4)

39… Bf4
(39… Bh2 40. Kf2 Qxg1+ 41. Rxg1 Bxg1+ 42.Kxg1 c1=Q+)

40. Rxc2 Bh2
(40… Be3+?? 41. Rf2 Bxf2 42. Kxf2 and the queen is completely trapped!)

41. a4 Qxg1+ 42. Ke2 Qxg2+ 43. Kd1 Qf1+ 44. Kd2 Bf4+45. Kc3 Qxh3+ 46. Kb4 Bd6+ 47. Kc4 Qe6+ 48. Rd5 Qe4+ 0-1