Jun 12, 2010

Semi-Slav 101: Anti Moscow

Below is a game in the anti-Moscow variation of the Semi-Slav.  The first move to pay attention to is 11...h5.  This move isn't the current fashion; it's rather 11...Nbd7.  I'm not yet convinced, although the new Rybka 4 book by Jiri Dufek recommends it and supports the choice with substantial statistics that didn't come from a human database.  So this is a place to follow up carefully. 

Second, take a close look at 18.Nxb5 versus 18.dxc5.  Again, the Rybka 4 book (J.D.) suggests the latter. 

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