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The Grünfeld Defense

This defense by Black is pretty popular and requires White to know the basic mainlines.

It is an example of the Hypermodern Chess, which focuses on destroying your opponent center before building your own.

The most popular continuation, cxd5, leads to the “Exchange Variation”, which we cover on this episode.

What is your preferred answer, as White?


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Even though this defense was played before, it’s called after Ernst Grünfeld, who used it in 1922 when defeating the future world champion, Alexander Alekhine, in Vienna.

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