Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...Nf6/2. c4/2...g6/3. Nc3/3...d5/4. cxd5/4...Nxd5/5. e4/5...Nxc3/6. bxc3/6...Bg7/7. Nf3/7...c5

< Chess Opening Theory‎ | 1. d4‎ | 1...Nf6‎ | 2. c4‎ | 2...g6‎ | 3. Nc3‎ | 3...d5‎ | 4. cxd5‎ | 4...Nxd5‎ | 5. e4‎ | 5...Nxc3‎ | 6. bxc3‎ | 6...Bg7‎ | 7. Nf3
Grünfeld Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5


7...c5

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This move is the key pawn lever, taking advantage of the diagonal. Note that the long diagonal is weak. Without this lever, d4 would be indestructible and the Grunfeld defense would be unsound. White has played four moves, the most theoretical being 8.Rb1.

Theory table

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8 9 10 11
Rb1

O-O

Be2

cxd4

cxd4

Qa5+

Bd2

Qxa2

Be2

Nc6

h3

O-O

Be2

cxd4

cxd4

Nc6

Be3
Bb5+