The Hungarian Variation (7… a6) is the most popular choice among the Grünfeld aficionados against the Russian Variation.
The main line goes 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5, where our recommendation for advanced players is 10… Be6 11. Qc2 Nbd7 (which is often seen in top-level games), and for club level players 10… Bb7 11. O-O Nxe4 12. Nxe4 Bxe4.
The overall evaluation of Black’s position in this line is pretty much the same like in the remaining lines of the Grünfeld Defense – good, yet quite demanding.
[Diagram: White to Move] D. Navara – A. Giri, Wijk aan Zee 2016. Whether it was his fantastic preparation or just a moment of inspiration, Navara’s next few moves are a real treat for your eyes!
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