Play the Gruenfeld - Part 1 with GM Ivan Cheparinov

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Play the Gruenfeld - Part 1 with GM Ivan Cheparinov
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GM Ivan Cheparinov (2718 FIDE) recorded a 7-hour course, Play the Gruenfeld - Part 1, where he handpicked the top-performing lines, and revealed his entire library of attacking plans & ideas.

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GM Ivan Cheparinov starts another fascinating project – Play the Gruenfeld Defence. In two databases, he will provide top-level Gruenfeld Repertoire for Black. GM Cheparinov has tremendous experience in this opening. Besides using the Gruenfeld Defence as one of his main weapons, he worked on this opening as a second of the former World Champion Veselin Topalov.

The database consists of 18 theoretical chapters18 interactive test positions, a Memory Booster, and Video Version (6 hours and 51 mins).

The starting position of the project arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5

Play the gruenfeld defense Part 1

The suggested repertoire is suitable for dynamic and ambitious players. The first database covers everything except the lines starting with 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4. These lines will be covered in Part 2 of the current project.

When studying this course, don’t try to memorize all the variations (unless you are a 2700+ player). Nevertheless, we strongly suggest that you take a closer look at all the lines. In this way, you will see a lot of recurring tactical and positional ideas.

Here is what you’ll learn:

When possible, Cheparinov strives for dynamic and less explored continuations which allow Black to fight for a win. For example, against the fashionable system starting with 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2, Cheparinov suggests 5…c5!?

Play the gruenfeld defense Part 1

Even though according to the statistics the move 5…c5!? is only Black’s 4th choice, Cheparinov considers it to be Black’s best bet against the system with Bd2. Black’s idea is to answer 6.e4 with 6…Nxc3 7.Bxc3 cxd4 8.Bxd4 e5!

In his annotations, the author proves that Black has very strong counterplay in the arising positions.

The approach to the chapter with Bd2 can be seen in the entire database.

We are convinced that by studying this course, you will greatly improve your general Gruenfeld understanding.


Chapter 1 – 4.Qa4+
Chapter 2 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qa4+
Chapter 3 – 4.e3
Chapter 4 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3
Chapter 5 – 4.h4
Chapter 6 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h4
Chapter 7 – 4.Bf4
Chapter 8 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4
Chapter 9 – 5.Bg5
Chapter 10 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bg5
Chapter 11 – 4.Qb3
Chapter 12 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3
Chapter 13 – 4.cxd5 Nxd5 – Rare 5th moves
Chapter 14 – 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2
Chapter 15 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bd2
Chapter 16 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 – Rare 6th moves
Chapter 17 – 4.cxd5 Nxd5 – 5.Na4
Chapter 18 – 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 – 6.Na4

About the Author:

GM Ivan Cheparinov [FIDE 2718]

is a four-time Bulgarian champion (2004, 2005, 2012, 2018). GM Cheparinov competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015, and 2017. In 2018, he switched his national federation to Georgia.