The Grunfeld Defense is one of the most popular chess defenses against the d4 opening from white. Black looks to play a hypermodern defense by allowing white to control the center of the board and counterattack the center with his minor pieces.
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White must be careful and defend properly or his center control will vanish. White also has the option to decline and continue with a more aggressive line.
- D4 Nf6 White begins the game with a Queen’s pawn opening and controls center. Black develops Knight and controls center.
- C4 g6 White continues to gain more central control while Black does so with his pieces. With this move, Black plans to Fienchetto his Kingside Bishop. This Bishop will breathe fire down the long diagonal like in the Sicilian Dragon!
- Nc3 d5 White develops Knight behind the c-pawn and continues to control more space in the center. Black lashes out with this central thrust! Balck’s idea is to now challenge the colossal center which he has allowed White to build up. With this last move, he puts a question to the White c4-pawn and also prepares to develop his light square Bishop on c8.