[November 17, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Boris Avrukh:
Gruenfeld Defense, Exchange Variation (Modern Main Line)

[Line 141 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3]

After the introductory moves of this opening line Black’s principal continuation is 7… c5, where 8. h3 and 8. Bb5+ are interesting sidelines.

The main variation of Line 142 goes 8. Be3 Qa5, where as the main continuation we recommend 9. Nd2!?, which was introduced at the elite level by Aronian in his games against Sutovsky and Grischuk. It is an interesting alternative to the heavily-researched lines, and it often leads to non-standard positions. On the other hand, it is safe to say that 9. Bd2 hardly poses any problems to Black.

Another frequently played move 9. Qd2 is the topic of our Line 142, while the well-investigated 8. Rb1 is covered in our Line 143.

[Diagram: Black to Move] S. Zilka – I. Rausis, Ledec nad Sazavou 2013. It looks like Black is forced to move his Queen, but is that really the case?

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