Kramnik-Shirov Counterattack (2… Bb4) is, in our opinion, an interesting alternative to the usual 2… Nf6 (Lines 011-017) and 2… Nc6 (Lines 006 and 007). Players of White have tried many plans, and among them 3. Nd5 seems to be the most ambitious. Apart form 3… Bc5, Black gets satisfactory positions both after 3… Be7 and 3… a5.
The other heavily examined variation in Line 006 is 2… d6, followed by f7-f5, Nf6, g7-g6 and Bg7. An illustrative line could follow: 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. e3 g6 6. Nge2 Bg7, and Black’s flexible setup should give him enough for equalization.
[Diagram: Black to Move] B. Gulko – J. Granda Zúñiga, Moscow 1994. Last White’s move was g2-g4, missing Black’s strong response. How did Granda Zúñiga get an almost winning advantage?
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