Need sure points? Neo-Grünfeld Defence, Classical Variation Edition

If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.
Magnus Carlsen

The Grünfeld Defence is an aggressive choice for Black to attack and destroy White’s center. Instead of seeing a long positional battle, the game becomes an open battle field. Over the years many top players have been using it, and one should always be ready to face it with the White pieces. One way to counter it is to delay opening the center, concentrating first on protecting the castle and the center.

The following line was played for the first time back in 1963. Move 8… Qc8 was a novelty at the time. I found the following queen sacrifice leading to perpetual quite inventive. It is from a game played in 1967. Remember there were no chess engines at the time. One can find in databases 2 identical games from the 70s, as well as another one from 2002. It is remarkable the line was not forgotten.

If you like this line and want to play it, also be aware of the following game. It is the one played back in 1963. Of course please avoid the continuation played by Black. The suggested alternate line should be good enough to keep the play interesting. I would like to feature any games you might play using it. Please keep it in mind, and don’t be shy.

Eugen Demian

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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