Category Archives: Semi-Slav

12th Bergamo Open 2013 Rd4-GM Farago I(HUN)

TWIC 976
12th Bergamo Open  2013(ITA)
Georgiev,Ki and Brunello,S won with 5.6. GMs Hera(HUN) and Farago,I(HUN) scored 4.5/6

Rank Player FIDE Total
1 Georgiev,Ki 2636 5.0/6
2 Brunello,S 2593 5.0/6
3 Ivanisevic,I 2649 4.5/6
4 Solodovnichenko,Y 2555 4.5/6
5 Hera,I 2558 4.5/6
6 Farago,I 2447 4.5/6


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Bergamo is a town and comune in Lombardy, Italy, about 40 km northeast of Milan. The comune is home to over 120,000 inhabitants.



Here is the feature game of veteran GM Farago.

Farago,I (2447) – Zimina,O (2330)
Semi-Slav Anti-Meran 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3[D45]
12th BergamoOpen 2013
BergamoITA (4.4), 20.07.2013

Position 1
White is ahead an extra doubled pawn but the opposite color bishops give black an illusion of hope. The real problem for black is the weak d-pawn. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

31…Rd4
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43rd Open A Bosna 2013 Rd3-GM Banusz(HUN)

TWIC 969
Jakovljevic tried the Anti-Meran Gambit(or Botvinnik Variation) against the Semi-Slav but was repelled by some tough defence. Banusz chose the less common but playable 12…Qc7 and repelled the attempted attack with ruthless efficiency.

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Jakovljevic,Vlado (2440) – Banusz,T (2592)
Semi-Slav Anti-Meran Gambit 12..Qb6 [D44]
43rd Open A Bosna 2013 
Sarajevo BIH (3.8), 02.06.2013

Position 1
White went for the attack on the queenside with 19.Qa4. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play

19.Qa4

Liechtenstein Open 2013 Rd7-GM Farago(HUN)

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TWIC 967
Veteran GM Farago ground out a tough victory in rd5. Farago went with the popular 6.Qc2 Anti-Meran but achieved nothing special from the opening.

Farago,I (2445) – Bezler,R (2206)
Semi-Slav 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3[D45]
31st Liechtenstein Open 2013 Triesen LIE (5.5), 07.05.2013

Position 1
White came back from a bad position and is now up a clear P. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

41..Qd6

Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7(TWIC 955)-Nagy G

The new Hungarian junior champion played some dynamic attacking chess to beat veteran GM Pinter. The bishop pair and then opposite color bishops played a key role.

Nagy,Ga (2401) – Pinter,J (2547) 
Semi-Slav Marshall Gambit 8.Ne2 Nd7[D31]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (7), 17.02.2013


Position 1

White has the bishop pair but Ng1/Be1 are not particularly active. What do you suggest for white?
  • 27.Bc3(Immediately activating a passive piece and taking control of the weak dark squares, especially e5)
  • 27.Ne2(The knight should go to c3 while Be1-f2 is good for the dark bishop as Rc8 will be tied down)
  • 27.Qg5(The kingside dark squares are vulnerable and begging to be infiltrated)
  • 27.b3(A patient waiting move that secures the queenside. The optimal arrangement will be more apparent when black commits his king)
  • Something else.

White to Play


26…Rc8


Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit 2012-Verifying Schandorff

Repertoire Against the Semi-Slav
Schandorff proposes the Bg5 complex against the rock solid Semi-Slav in Playing 1.d4 vol2-Schandorff(Quality Chess 2012). In the analysis of

Hracek,Z (2628) – Elsness,F (2506)
18th European Teams Porto Carras GRE (1.12), 03.11.2011


Schandorff’s proposes 15…Kb8 as a key defensive novelty which remains untested to TWIC 852.  I found a key improvement for black in the notes to black’s 18th move.

Black to Play

18.Nc3

Now black played 18…Bb7 but 18..Nb8 manages to hold.

Hracek,Z (2628) – Elsness,F (2506)
Semi-Slav Anti-Moscow Gambit[D43]
18th European Teams Porto Carras GRE (1.12), 03.11.2011

Position 1
After 21…ed,white has a wide choice of captures. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

21…ed

Tata Steel 2013 Rd8-GM Rapport(HUN)

Here is GM Rapport’s Rd8 game against Smeets.

Smeets(l) playing Rapport(r) in rd8

Rapport,R (2621) – Smeets,J (2615) 
Semi-Slav 9.a3[D47]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (8.3), 20.01.2013

Position 1
White is well centralized and has two strong bishops. What do you suggest for black?


Black to Play


26.Qd4

Perenyi Memorial 2013-01 Rd3

Here’s my loss for the day. I misplayed the position, misjudged it and then was outclassed in every way during the final endgame phase.

My only consolation was meeting a nice group of players from Kuwait. We went for dinner after the game at ….Hooters.

There to my surprise on the numerous TVs was the end of the NFL Falcons-Seahawks playoff game and the beginnning of the Patriots vs. Texans.

We discussed various aspects of chess life in Hungary and they steadfastly insisted that I was their guest and dinner was on them.

Yip,M (2065) – Czegledi,B (1880) 
Semi-Slav Meran Reynolds Variation[D48]
Perenyi Memorial (3), 13.01.2013

Position 1
Black’s king is a bit far from the action but otherwise everything is going well for black. What should the black continuation be?

Black to Play

40.Kd2

Kobanya Open 2012-12 Rd6

Kiss,Peter won with 5.5/6 after grinding down the top seed in a long endinging(Exchange Spanish I think). Polyik, Peter  and Pasztor, Flora also did very well. Peter was up 3 clear pawns in a completely winning position before conceding a draw in a rook ending.

Here are the final Rd6 standings.

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Place Name Score Rating TPR W-We
1 Kiss, Peter 5.5 2020 2205 1.04
2 Polyik, Peter 5 1835 2048 1.38
3 Piroska, Istvan 4.5 2090 2030 -0.29
Sulcz, Istvan 4.5 1895 1934 0.39
Szurkos, Andras 4.5 1805 2034 1.18
Valis, Janos 4.5 2060 1989 -0.38
Yip, Michael 4.5 2074 1895 -0.82
Pasztor, Flora Katinka 4.5 1710 1898 0.83
9 Bartuszek, Andras 4 1887 1790 -0.53
Szlenka, Attila 4 1785 1776 0.03
Krizsany, Laszlo Sr. 4 1863 1685 -1.07
Palczert, Miklos Dr. 4 1839 1750 -0.46
Karacsonyi, Gellert 4 1514 1826 1.88
14 Szoukup, Istvan 3.5 1696 1831 0.88
Fodor, Peter 3.5 1851 1783 -0.28
Granicz, Janos 3.5 1884 1850 -0.11
Fabian, Csaba 3.5 1867 1781 -0.51
Tubak, Daniel 3.5 1635 1854 1.38
Lakat, Gyula 3.5 1885 1692 -1.23
Csermely, Zoltan 3.5 1642 1765 0.77
Szendeff, Miklos 3.5 1770 1657 -0.61
Pasztor, Peter 3.5 0 1673 0.5
Nebenfuhrer, Gyorgy 3.5 1659 1543 -0.36
24 Juhasz, Kristof 3 1584 1861 1.92
Czimer, Jozsef 3 1745 1055 -1.34
Muranyi, Geza 3 1717 1655 -0.08
Kovacs, Gabor Etele 3 1444 1690 1.27
Kapuszta, Csaba 3 1741 1522 -1.09
Kalocsai, Laszlo 3 1601 963 -1.17
Palczert, Botond 3 1254 1448 0.65
Jakabo, Judit Dr. 3 0 1449 1449
Jancso, Geza 3 1551 1060 -0.68
Revesz, Hunor 3 1386 1656 0.65
34 Horvath, Zoltan 2.5 1519 1065 -0.52
Kocsis, Zsolt Gyula 2.5 1771 1645 -0.86
Albu, Ferenc 2.5 1773 1649 -0.84
Czumbel, Peter 2.5 1517 1661 0.49
Fodor, Kornel 2.5 0 1446 1446
Pasztor, Daniel 2.5 1498 1074 -0.47
40 Racz, Gabor 2 0 1409 1409
Fabian, Laszlo 2 1595 1457 -0.97
Koltai, Daniel 2 1503 1549 0.17
Albu, Mihaly 2 0 1528 1528
Karacsonyi, Kata 2 1263 1378 0.45
Bangha, Otto Peter 2 0 1459 1459
Bolgar, Katica 2 0 834 834
Revesz, Mariusz 2 1623 1998 0.1
Terjek, Agota 2 1299 964 -0.08
49 Hegedus, Dominik 1.5 0 1451 1451
Bolgar, Janka 1.5 1393 920 -0.41
51 Kalvach, Gabor 1 0 1387 1387
Viola, Gellert 1 0 1525 1525
Xiao Hu, Chen 1 0 1215 1215
Toth, Peter 1 0 703 703
Kolozsvary, Miklos 1 1378 952 -0.3
56 Hegedus, Luca 0.5 0 1074 1074

I won my last two games to finish with 4.5/6 but I could not recover from my rd1 loss and my rd2 pairing was with an unrated players that was the end of my tournament effectively.

The playing hall
Photo-Mr. Bolgar(Thanks!)

Here is my Rd6 game.
Warning!!-Horrible blunders(I gave away a rook then my opponent drops his queen back to me).

Yip,M (2075) – Fabian,C (1867)
Semi-Slav[D46]
Kobanya Open (6), 16.12.2012

Position 1
Black’s position looks suspicious. Qh6 is out of play, the dark squares are soft and overall black is passive. What should white do?

  • Build slowly?
  • Exploit Qh6
  • Press the queenside?
  • Something else?

White to Play

22…Ng7
Position 2
Black has just attacked the knight. What should white do?
White to Play
24…f6

Position 3
The position has turned sharp as black has just made the central break 29…e5. What should white do?
White to Play
29…e5