Blitz Chess #398: Grunfeld Defense, Russian variation

It’s a Grunfeld Defense in this one, with white opting for 5.Qb3, the Russian variation. If there’s a focal point in the Grunfeld opening, it is the d4 square. How focused would both players be on this square, and would it be a wise choice to give the opponent the true bishop pair (2 knights vs 2 bishops) in order to grab a central pawn? This was a 3|0 time control game, where I was playing with the white pieces.

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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Nc6 8. Be2 Nd7 9. Qd3 Nb6 10. O-O e5 11. d5 Nd4 12. Be3 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 f5 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. Bxb6 axb6 16. Nxe5 Re8 17. f4 Qd6 18. Rae1 Re7 19. Qc4 Rae8 20. Nf3 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Be4 22. Ne5 Bxd5 23. Qa4 Rf8 24. c4 Be6 25. Qd1 Ree8 26. h3 g5 27. Qh5 gxf4 28. Qg5+ Kh8 29. Rxf4 Rxf4 30. Qxf4 Rf8 31. Qe3 Bf5 32. Rf1 Bg6 33. Rxf8+ Qxf8 34. Qd4 Kg8 35. Nxg6 hxg6 36. Qd5+ Qf7 37. Qxf7+ Kxf7 38. Kf2 Ke6 39. Ke3 Ke5 40. h4 Kf5 41. Kf3 c6 42. g4+ Ke5 43. Ke3 b5 44. cxb5 cxb5 45. h5 gxh5 46. gxh5 Kf5 47. Kd4 Kg5 48. Kc5 Kxh5 49. Kxb5 Kg5 50. Kb6 Kf4 51. Kxb7 Ke5 52. a4 Kd5 53. a5 Kc5 54. a6 Kb5 55. a7 Kc5 56. a8=Q Kd5 57. Qc8 Ke5 58. Qc6 Kf5 59. Kb6 Ke5 60. Qc5+ Ke4 61. Kb5 Kf3 62. Kc4 Ke2 63. Qd5 Ke3

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  1. Absolutely loving all these uploads. Cheers Jerry!

  2. Thats why Fischer invented the increment time.

  3. Great to see you are uploading a lot of videos recently Jerry! awesome ones

  4. I'm enjoying this style of videos with one chess game and a lot of analysis recently. I do think that keeping the games at or above five minutes per side would better facilitate commentary during the game, like you said ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi jerry, I would be very happy about it if you can analyze a game of chess from me. It would help me very much to see what i do wrong and whats good.. Heres the Link Thank u!

  6. Thank you very much for the video! Really interesting to see these high level games.

  7. You were saying black can't get a passed pawn on the queenside, but when you took on b5 (around the 30:27 mark during the analysis) why didn't black play c5?

  8. Making it look easy as usual. Great game.

  9. 27:00 Black actually has a way of creating a passed pawn there: First play b5, then answer white's cxb5 with c5. Technically, this even works with c7-c6 played – though, in that case whitewould answer b5 with c5 and now the only way to make a passed pawn is to play b6 at some point, giving white a much more advanced passer.
    Anyway, if you want to prevent these possibilities altogether, you need to play a4 as soon as the pawn ending arises.

  10. As always Jerry, I got something out of this!!! thanks man

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