Russian System in the Grünfeld (almost!) Crushed | Training Game

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Today’s game was in the Russian System of the Grünfeld. The variation I have gone over today. I played a patron rated 2200. It was a theoretical battle up to move 16. After that, he misplayed the middlegame and I have slowly but surely accumulated an advantage. That advantage soon won me a pawn. But. I haven’t followed up my plan of playing a very important prophylactic move and things got messy. Still I managed to outplay him since he was under severe time pressure.

And then, when he was almost beaten… I blunder an exchange and a pawn. For nothing! Horrible!

It was a very instructive game nevertheless. We both played in Russian System fashion. I hope you deepen your knowledge of the variation!

Here is today’s game:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Bg4 8. Be3 Nfd7 9. Qb3 Nb6 10. Rd1 Nc6 11. d5 Ne5 12. Be2 Nxf3+ 13. gxf3 Bh5 14. Rg1 Qc8 15. Rg3 c6 16. a4 Nd7 17. f4 Bxe2 18. Nxe2 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Nf6 20. Rc5 Qd7 21. f3 b6 22. Rcg5 Rfd8 23. f5 Qd3 24. Qxd3 Rxd3 25. fxg6 fxg6 26. Bf4 Rad8 27. b4 Rb3 28. b5 Ra3 29. h4 Rxa4 30. h5 Ra1+ 31. Kf2 Rdd1 32. hxg6 h6 33. Rf5 Rf1+ 34. Ke3 Ra3+ 35. Kd4 Nh5+ 36. Kd5 Nxg3 37. Bxg3 Rfxf3 38. Bb8 Rxf5+ 39. exf5 Ra4 40. Kc6 Rc4+ 41. Kb7 Rc5 42. Ka6 Rxf5 43. Bxa7 Rf6 44. Nd4 Rxg6 45. Nc6 h5 46. Nxe7+ Kf7 47. Nxg6 Kxg6 48. Bxb6 Be5 49. Kb7 h4 50. Bc7 Bxc7 51. Kxc7 h3 52. b6 h2 53. b7 h1=Q 54. b8=Q Qh2+ 55. Kc8 Qxb8+ 56. Kxb8 1/2-1/2

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