[December 03, 2017] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
December 2016 Revisited: Grünfeld Defense, Russian Variation with 7… Be6 8. Qd3
In the original article our game of the week was a clash between two Grünfeld Defense titans of the modern era: P. Svidler – Wei Yi, Baku (m/3) 2015, where we suggested an interesting improvement for Black. We have now updated the survey with several theoretically important over-the-board games, but our verdict basically remains the same: Black has reasonable counterplay, yet it typically requires very accurate responses to various opponent’s plans.
[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position comes from a recent game G. Flear – Li Chao, Chartres 2017. Everything seems normal, yet White has an excellent opportunity to disrupt Black’s defensive coordination. Any thoughts?
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