A New Idea for Black in the Grunfeld Stockholm Variation
By IM Bill Paschall
Recommended for Intermediate Players
Presented by International Master Bill Paschall for ChessLecture.com
A fascinating new line with 4...c5 has appeared in recent grandmaster practice in the Stockholm variation of the Grunfeld. This new line is a revolutionary and aggressive idea which creates many new ideas and possibilities for both sides in this important variation.
- Part 1 we see Ponkratov's approach with the positional continuation 6.Nxd5, which keeps white's pawn structure intact.
- Part 2 White fails to gain an advantage against the new 4…c5. In some cases, play leads to white being up a useless doubled, isolated pawn with Black having the bishop pair to “compensate”. In other cases, like our example game, white can forget his development and king position and simply get blown away.
- Part 3 we round out the series with a dynamic winning attempt for Black in the main line. Zhigalko was unlucky, but the idea looks good and Black was headed in the right direction in our main line with 4...c5 against the 4.Bg5 Grunfeld. In this video, we also see a general summary of the lesser alternatives white could play in addition to 5.Bxf6.
Content: 1 hours and 23 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. ECO: D80
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IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Three-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM's in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.
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