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Wang Yue vs Gata Kamsky
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 11, Aug-12
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-12-08  SanChess: For reasons I cannot quite express yet, I like Black play here. The game seems to explore new territory.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5

Stockholm Variation. The first installment I have seen is a Vienna 1922 game Alekhine lost with White against ... Ernst Gruenfeld himself!

4...Ne4 5.Bh4

Wang Yue played this a couple of times in Baku (FIDE GP) this year defeating Svidler in Rd 11. Alekhine went for 5.cxd5 in the quoted game.

5... Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.Qa4+ (More popular has been 7. e3) c6 (7... Qd7 and 7... Nd7 have been played more often) 8.Qc4 Qa5 9.e3

From here on I don't have any reference games in my databases, although my collections are biased towards +2600 elo players.

Any inputs? I stand for correction.

Aug-12-08  4tmac: It's good to see a Gruenfeld that is not a Russian or Exchange variation. When I was new to chess, Petrosian crushed Fischer in 1971 with Bf4. These Bishop moves have the added advantage that maybe black isn't used to seeing them. I like blacks play here: c6, Qa5, Be6.

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