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I have a club game coming up in a few hours and my opponent will play QG. I usually play the Slav proper and I'm sure he's doing some prep against me. He's only an 1800 player but his performance during this club championship has been very good so far. I am hoping to side-step his prep with a semi-slav.
I remember seeing him on the white side of playing Nfd2 in cambridge springs a few weeks ago, so I believe he will head into the Bg5 lines. I don't believe, however, that he will welcome the comlications of the main line botvinnik. What are a few safe, positional choices that white could make to try and calm things down after dxc4 that I might bolster my prep with?
6.g3 is the only "quiet" move available, which gives white adequate play for the pawn (but no more than that).
thanks phren :)
i play the semi-slav myself
Isn't 6 a4 also something to look at?
6.a4 Bb4 is a sharp and quite theoretical variation.
The game has probably already been played now - how did it go?
Preparing for a specific opponent can work well if you have knowledge of his recent games. The main thing to remember is that you will get better results in most cases by steering the game towards positions you like to play as opposed to just trying to surprise him.
In clubs, players get to play and watch each other's games over time, and often even get to see members' games from recent tournaments. Remember the opponent is likely to have looked up the line he last lost in, but if there was a recent game he got a bad opening position but still won, he is less likely to have worked on that variation. It's human nature.
While my prep for a second option to QG didn't pay off, I still got my opponent outside of his comfort zone.
He exchanged on move 3 but had minimal knowledge of the exchange slav. I chased his bishop away with Nh5 (he went back to d2) and set up a stonewall structure.
That sounds like you used a line with early e6, shutting in Bc8? Used to play that.
Do not be too sure he will go into the Botvinnik or Moscow with 5.Bg5. He might try a Meran or anti-Meran with 5.e3
Or he may play an exchange slav, wherein the OP'll be able to chase the bishop back to d2 via Nh5, and then go into a stonewall structure.
What are the chances of that happening, Ebenezer?
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