Dec 7, 2009

Semi-Slav 101: 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3--Gelfand is through to finals

Gelfand's game today from the World Cup continues the Semi-Slav discussion whereby White avoids both the Meran and the sharper Bg5 lines. It's hard to say what Karjakin had in mind in a must-win situation. Gelfand is almost impossible to predict as White against the Semi-Slav, but Karjakin couldn't have anticipated that Gelfand would be willing to play one of the sharpest lines.

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