Shirov Sets Smyslov's Anti-Grunfeld System Ablaze by FM Dennis Monokroussos
For those who like a big pawn center against the Grünfeld but hate all the theory of the main lines, Smyslov’s system with 5.Bd2 may be the way to go. It’s a little more solid than the main lines with 5.e4, but there’s still plenty of life to it, and the theoretical burden is far more manageable. Best of all, if Black doesn’t play sufficiently purposeful chess in reply he can get mauled by straightforward attacking play, as Shirov demonstrated. A moment of Shirov’s tactical brilliance was needed to finish the job, but even so it’s a system we can all use and which places a heavier burden on Black than on White.