Gruenfeld Defence

The Gruenfeld Defence is an old and well-regarded defence against Whites Queen Pawn openings. It is quite an aggressive opening that involves a kingside fianchetto similar to the Kings Indian. However, unlike the Kings Indian, Black also prevents White from gaining dominance in the center with a pawn chain.

Diagram: Gruenfeld Defence

The Gruenfeld defence setup for Black is quite similar to a White setup of the Catalan System. In that system, White plays d4 and also fianchettos the King bishop with g3 and Bg2.

The Gruenfeld Defence is probably not as popular as the Kings Indian Defence. But it is an extremely playable opening for Black, that probably deserves more popularity than it has.

Variations of the Gruenfeld Defence include:

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