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Play actively from the very beginning of the game

This game proves how important is to have an active plan even from the first moves. You play chess because you like it, but you like it especially when you play nicely. This one is a nicely played game, with an active plan from the beginning to the end. Playing like this, you will be able to win against a Master, even with the black pieces.

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5
Here, the most common moves are 3.Nc6 or 3.e6. The last move, 3.d5, which was played in the game, seems to be less natural. Black is underdeveloped, but he decides to open the center. Though, here, it is a good move, played also by Kasparov and other players. Even so, the following TIP is valid: DO NOT OPEN THE CENTER IF YOU ARE UNDERDEVELOPED!
4.cd5 Nd5 5.e3
This is an old move, which is rarely used nowadays. The World Championship ex-challenger V. Korschnoj used it with success.

After 5.e3, Black can choose from several continuations: : 5.Nxc3, 5.Nc6 and 5.e6 ,all of them offering the same chances. Then which one to choose?
I tell you how I thought: Until this game, I've never met this position (shown in the diagram) before, so I didn't know about the three continuations, or more, about any variations. Instead, I noticed that after the exchange 5.Nxc3 6.bxc3 and after developing the Bishop on h8-g1 diagonal (fianchetto on g7), I could get a position which is specific to Grünfeld Defense.
Maybe some of you are not used with the Grünfeld Defense, so I'll try further to explain the main ideas. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Black can choose the so-called Grünfeld Defense by playing 3.d5. White gets a mobile pawn center, but Black has enough resources to fight against it. After 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 we have to admit that White has got a "perfect" pawn center (d2-d4). Black's plan is to attack this center, and White can hardly ever keep it. Black can attack the pawn d4 with: bishop on g7, pawn on c5, knight on c6, bishop on g4 (threatening the defender f3-knight), queen or rook on d8, and even with pawn on e5, sometimes. Once the white center is destroyed, Black gets important outposts in the center. In conclusion, in this opening, against the white center, Black has an important counter play.
Returning to the position in the diagram, it is clear that White has to play, sooner or later d2-d4, which leads to a position which is specific to Grünfeld Defense. The difference is that White has his pawn on e3, not on e4. This means that White plays a little bit more passive than in the classic variations of the Grünfeld Defence, but the pawn on d4 is better defended (both c3 and e3 pawns defend it).

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