Repertoire for White: Aggressive weapon vs D85 Grunfeld – 8.Be2!?
For many White 1.d4 players, Grunfeld Defense has been an everlasting headache! Ivan Ivanisevic, one of the best Serbian GMs, has a solution. Surprise your opponent with a sharp sideline! 8.Be2!? advocated in this video can put your opponent on a thin ice from the very start. Black needs to be well prepared and enter sharp main line. Ivanisevic’s suggestion also got a ‘vote of confidence’ from some of the top guns like Dmitry Andreikin using it successfully on a numerous occasions.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be2!?
Grunfeld defense has established itself as one of the most reliable Black’s choices vs 1.d4. In Grunfeld Black gets ‘dynamic direct play’, tables can easily turn and many White players are in constant search for a piece of good advice vs this dynamic opening. One of the best Serbian GMs Ivan Ivanisevic has interesting recommendations he shares in this video! Play full center positions 8.Be2!? sideline! This variation has some similarities to 8.Rb1 (one of the Grunfeld main lines), but is much less explored. Black is on a crossroads from the very start and can get in trouble. In order not to be worse, Black has to enter (this video’s) main line. Here, White sacrifices exchange and gets sufficient compensation for it. Russian top GMs Alexander Grischuk and Dmitry Andreikin have recently successfully taken the White’s side in this sharp line. Next to having this ‘high stamp of approval’, this variation is White’s ideal choice in the rapid play!