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ChessBase Magazine Extra #207
Ivan Sokolov: An idea against the Budapest Gambit
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.e3
The Budapest Gambit is particularly popular in club-level chess. That White objectively gets the better game seems clear. But by what means? If White gets involved in the main variations after 4.Bf4 or 4.Nf3, there is a lot of theory to deal with. In his video, Ivan Sokolov recommends the alternative 4.e3 followed by 4…Nxe5 5.f4! – an idea recently brought to his attention by his friend, Ivan Salgado. Black must now move with the knight again, either to g6 or c6. In his video analysis, Sokolov first explains how White arrives at a comfortable and clearly advantageous position after 5…Sg6 6.Sc3 Lb4 7.Sge2 a5 8.a3 Le7 9.Ng3. After the most obvious 5…Nc6 White has the choice to continue with 6.Nc3 or 6.Nf3.
Elisabeth Pähtz: Gruenfeld Defense Fianchetto Variation with 10.h3
Germany’s strongest WGM presents you with one of its favorite weapons against the Gruenfeld Defense. After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 Elisabeth Pähtz proposes to continue with 10.h3. For a better overview, she has divided the different variations into four videos.
Video 1: 10…a5 11.d5 Ne5 – video playing time: 06:15 min
Video 2: 10…a5 11.d5 Nb4 – video playing time: 10:27 min
Video 3: 10…Be6 – video playing time: 04:28 min
Video 4 – The main line: 10…e5 11.d5 Na5 12.Qc2 – video playing time: 19:59 min
Jordan VanForest contributes “The Shine” of this edition. At the Tata Steel Masters 2022, the young Dutchman conducted an opening experience against Praggnanandhaa: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4?! “I wanted to play this shot for a long time, but I hadn’t had the chance yet. Finally, the time had come. There are not too many good reasons why I like the shot, the main one is probably he looks so stupid . :-)” explains Van Forest. But things continued no less surprisingly after that: 3…e6 4.0-0 d5 5.Bb5! dxe4 6.Ne5 Qc7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bc4! created the following position on the Board:
“So White lost a pawn and moved his bishop three times in the opening. …” A very original game with many enlightening comments and a happy ending for the Dutchman in the end!
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