ChessBase Magazine Extra No. 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 chess. It seems clear that White should objectively get the better game. But by what means? When White embarks on the main lines 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 that his friend Ivan Salgado recently brought to his attention. Black must now move the knight again, either to g6 or to c6. In his video analysis, Sokolov first explains how White then moves to a comfortable and clearly advantageous position 5…Ng6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Nge2 a5 8.a3 Be7 9.Ng3. After the more obvious 5…Nc6 White has the choice to continue with 6.Nc3 or 6.Nf3.
Elisabeth Pähtz: Grünfeld Defense Fianchetto Variation with 10.h3
Germany’s strongest WGM introduces you to one of their favorite weapons against the Grünfeld 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 suggests continuing 10.h3. For a better overview, she has divided the different variations into four videos.
Video 1: 10…a5 11.d5 Ne5 – video game time: 06:15 min
Video 2: 10…a5 11.d5 Nb4 – video game time: 10:27 min
Video 3: 10…Be6 – video game time: 04:28 min
Video 4 – The main line: 10…e5 11.d5 Na5 12.Qc2 – video game time: 19:59 min
Jorden van Forest contributes “The Brilliance” this edition. At the 2022 Tata Steel Masters, the young Dutchman performed an opening experiment against Praggnanandhaa: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4?! “I’ve wanted to play this move for a long time, but haven’t had the opportunity yet. At last it was time. There aren’t too many good reasons why I like the train, the main reason is probably that it looks so stupid. :-),” explains Van Foreest. But after that it was no less surprising: 3…e6 4.0-0 d5 5.Bb5! dxe4 6.Ne5 Qc7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bc4! has resulted in 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 insightful comments and a happy ending for the Dutchman at the end!
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