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The surprising Glek 4 Knights with 4.g3 in 60 Minutes

On this 60 minutes video, we will cover a surprise weapon known as the 'Glek' Four Knights with 4.g3, named after inventor, Grandmaster Igor Glek. This is an excellent anti-Petroff device, perfectly sound and can come as a shock to the unprepared.

It is worth noting that Richard Rapport used this variation to defeat Duda in the recent Candidates tournament , which speaks volumes for the validity of the opening. White is often looking to launch a kingside attack in this line, although he will have to get his knight on f3 out of the way before he can play f2-f4. He also has options in the center and can play either d2-d3 or d2-d4, according to circumstances. An aggressive central advance is something White players should look out for when they play the Glek Variation. These are sharp ideas, far from the often dreary reputation that the Four Knights holds. Below master level, I imagine these ideas will not be that well known to the vast majority of players. Black could easily slip into a poor position without even realising it!

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3
  • Game 2: 4...Bc5 5.Bg2 d6 6.d3 a5
  • Game 3: 4...Bc5 5.Bg2 d6 6.d3 0-0
  • Game 4: 4...Bb4 5.Bg2 Bxc3 6.bxc3 Nxe4 7.Nxe5 Nxe5 8.Bxe4 d5
  • Game 5: 4...d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bc2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bd6
  • Game 6: 4...d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nde7
  • Game 7: 4...d6 5.Bg2 Bg4 6.h3 Be6 7.d4 Bc4
  • Game 8: 4...g6 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Nde2 0-0
  • Outro
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Four Knights Game

Compared to the advice often given to beginners “develop the knights before the bishops” the Four Knights Game must actually look like the ideal opening. It was also very popular at the start of the 20th century, but then it lost many of its adherents on account of Rubinstein’s gambit continuation 4.Bb5 Nd4. Interest in it was not re-awakened until the 1990s when the English grandmasters John Nunn and Nigel Short took up the opening.

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