Category Archives: Trends Semi-Slav 2012

Trends 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 Semi-Slav(D46) 2012

Here is a recent game in the Anti-Meran 7.Bd3 played by GM Bacrot,E in the Geneva Open 2012.

6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3[D45]
29th Geneva Open Geneva SUI (4.2), 28.12.2012

Position 1
Black is suffering on the kingside and Bb7 is locked out of play on the queenside. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


Trends Reynolds 14.Ne2 Semi-Slav(D48) 2012

Here is a recent game in the Reynolds variation of the rock-solid Semi-Slav Defence by GM Parligras,M.

Parligras vs. Zhigalko S., European individual championship 2011
Photo and Bio chessnc

Romanian Grandmaster  (2002), Romanian Champion (2001).
Best results: 
  • Timisoara 2001, 1st
  • Lasker Memorial (ROM) 2001, 1st
  • Ciocaltea Memorial 2002, 2nd
  • Bucharest Spring 2003, 2nd
  • Acropolis GM 2003, 2nd
  • Srajber Memorial 2003, 1st
  • Tarragona Open 2006, 1st
  • ad Wiessee Open 2007, 1st
  • Acropolis 2008, 1-2nd
  • Rethymno Open 2010, 1-6th
  • Bosna Open 2011, 2-5th.
14.Ne2!? transfers the knight to the kingside while offering the e-pawn as a gambit. This is one of the latest attempts for white break the Semi-Slav. Analysis shows that it is dangerous to accept the pawn so black is left with the question of how to properly uphold the Semi-Slav. 

Parligras,M (2628) – Jumabayev,R (2567)
Reynolds 14.Ne2 [D48]
World Cities Team GpD Al-Ain UAE (1.6), 22.12.2012

Position 1
Black has prevented h4-h5 and now white is faced with the task of breaking down black’s position. What do you suggest?

White to Play


Trends 10.e5 Semi-Slav(D49) 2012

Here is a recent game in the 10.e5 Meran which was hotly debated in the Kramnik-Anand WC match in 2008. White continues to get nothing in this line.

GM Popov,Iv

Mozharov,M (2474) – Popov,Iv RUS (2605)
10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 [D49]
ch-Moscow Final 2012 Moscow RUS (7), 16.03.2012

Position 1
The unbalanced ending needs a delicate touch. How should black proceed?

White to Play