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3.h4 against the King's Indian and Grünfeld

For some time now, we’ve known that the strongest chess engines like to push their flank pawns up the board. This has led to an interesting system, with which we can meet the Grunfeld and the King’s Indian. Studying the mainlines is time consuming, and it is possible that our opponents may know the typical plans in those openings better than us, right? Therefore, it is a great idea to take Grunfeld and King’s Indian players out of their comfort-zone right from the start!

Let’s go 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 first and now play 3.h4!?, following in the footsteps of Topalov, who unleashed it against Giri in the candidates tournament of 2016. Since then, numerous games have been played with 3.h4 by the likes of Carlsen, Caruana, Ding and others. After the surprise, Grunfeld players will find it difficult to strike in the centre with their typical ...d5 followed by ...c5 as it is very hard to ignore white’s push on the h-file. Also, the King’s Indian players will find that their usual attacking ideas on the kingside don’t work anymore and will have to resort to other ways of finding counterplay.

• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Model games database & Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Muestra de vídeo


  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Alternative Systems
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4
  • 3...d5
  • 3...h6
  • 3...b6 /e6
  • 3...h5 Grunfeld Style
  • 3...h5 King's Indian Style
  • 3...c6
  • 3...Nc6
  • 3...c5 4.d5 b5 Sidelines
  • 3...c5 4.d5 b5 Main Line
  • Main Line
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4
  • Move 5 Alternatives
  • 5...Nc6
  • 5...c5 6.d5: Move 6/7 Alternatives
  • 5...c5 6.d5 e6 7.Be2 exd5 8.exd5 h5
  • 5...c5 6.d5 e6 7.Be2 exd5 8.exd5 Qe7 and Alternatives
  • 5...c5 6.d5 e6 7.Be2 exd5 8.exd5 Nbd7
  • 5...c5 6.d5 e6 7.Be2 exd5 8.exd5 0-0
  • Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12
  • Exercise 13
  • Exercise 14
  • Exercise 15


The Grünfeld Defence is part of the group of openings which arose only when a new understanding of the struggle for the centre was developed. In 1922 the Austrian grandmaster Ernst Grünfeld (1893–1962) introduced to practice this system which would later be taken up by Botvinnik, Fischer and Kasparov and which nowadays counts as one of the most important defences to 1.d4. In the diagram above, which shows the main line, Black has actually exchanged his d-pawn for the white b-pawn. And White has not only been able to set up the ideal centre e4/d4, but his d-pawn is even supported by the pawn on c3. The secret underlying the vitality of the black position can be found in the subsequent piece development and the counter-attack against the d4-square. Black only requires two moves, ...c5 and ...Nc6, in order to be able to exert strong pressure against the d4-pawn.

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