[December 02, 2018] Busted: Opening Survey by GM Slaviša Brenjo
November 2014 Revisited: Gruenfeld Defense, Brinckmann Attack with 7… Qa5!?

During live broadcast of the game between Gelfand and Vachier-Lagrave from Tashkent 2014, our Editorial Board immediately noticed that MVL’s choice had been dismissed by GM Avrukh in his CHOPIN Line 138 as a rather dubious one. During the post-game analyses and interviews the general
verdict had been more or less favorable for White, so our editor made a decision to
subject the entire line to a bit of theoretical scrutiny out of sheer curiosity.

Bearing that in mind, this article is meant to resolve the following dilemma: did the French No. 1 simply outprepare the rest of the field, or should we treat his choice as a one-time surprise that generally worked in the featured game? After the update, and quite a number of over-the-board, correspondence and engine games, we believe in the latter.

[Diagram: White to Move] Just a simple question: should White capture on e6, or refrain from it?

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