May 22, 2010

U.S. Championship: Semi-Slav--Yet another way to avoid the Meran

Kraai avoids the Meran with 6.Bd2; it's not a new move but seldom played. Bhat responds with the novelty 6...g6, which doesn't appear to be worth repeating. The usual move is 6...Bd6. Despite a dubious opening novelty, Black carries on and holds his own until 20...d4?. The game's worth a look for those who play the Semi-Slav.

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